Aust gov’t promises support toward gender equality

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BY MAVIS NSIHIMURA PODOKOLO

THE Australian Government promises support to Solomon Islands in its journey to press for progress toward increased gender quality.

This was according to the Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Roderick Brazier yesterday in Honiara.

He said it was known that gender inequality has widespread with high rates of domestic violence in Solomon Islands.

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“We all know that gender in equality is widespread in Solomon Islands shown in the high rates of domestic violence and constrained economic opportunities for women,” said Mr Brazier.

However the team for this year’s international Women’s Day Press for progress, gender equality captures this well.

Moreover the same statement was highlighted during last year’s commemoration of the International Rights Day which was part of last year’s 16 days of activism he (Brazier) joined with Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela and Deputy Prime Minster Manasseh Sogavare, development partners, community leaders and many chief executive officers (CEOs), they publicly pledged that together they will uphold a promise regarding the zero tolerance of violence against women.

These include zero tolerance of violence against women and girls in the home, the workplace and within communities.

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