Friday 1st October 2010, Atebuka Kiribati
"Kiribati is supportive of addressing violence against women laws. This is in line with our reporting on the Millennium Development goals".
We have launched the findings of the Family Health and Safety Study and we now move into implementation of the follow up step and actions plans to address violence against women" said Depweh Kanono Secretary Ministry of Internal and Social Affairs (MISA). Mr Kanono made this statement at the closing of the three day national consultation on Law Reform to address violence against women.
Kiribati has a prevalence rate of 68% of violence against women highlighted in the Kiribati Family Health and Safety Study. The Co-ordinator of the Gender Based Violence Project in Kiribati, Ms Maere Tekanene shared the findings at the consultation and also shared the draft national action plan on Violence Against women.
The draft national action plan identifies the key component which includes access to justice for women as a priority objective. This includes a reform and review of the laws. One area highlighted at the workshop was the shortcoming of not having a specific definition of domestic violence. That is perpetrators are charged under the criminal assault provisions as there is no specific definition of domestic violence in the law.
Participants were able to review the Family Protection Act (FPA) of Vanuatu. The FPA which has a definition of violence against women and includes a legislative basis for a protection order if one has been subjected to violence is under threat of violence in the home.
The consultation is facilitated by the Ministry of Internal and Social Affairs and Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (RRRT/SPC). Participants included representative from women's organizations, the Police, the judiciary and government departments. The main aim of the consultation is to discuss a legal strategy on addressing violence against women.
RRRT/SPC Trainers Teretia Tokam and Gina Houng Lee discussed the strategy and advocacy plan of violence against women. RRRT consultant Ms Mere Pulea outlined the three approaches to law reform and the importance of a integrated comprehensive approach in addressing violence against women.
Funding for the activity is provided by the UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women.
For more information, please contact Depweh Kanono Secretary Ministry of Internal and Social Affairs (686) 21092 or Teretia Tokam (SPC/RRRT County Focal Officer on phone (686) 98684