BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE
GENDER inequality is the root cause of violence against women.
This statement was made by the Coordinator of Vanuatu’s Women’s Centre (VWC), Merilyn Tahi whose three member team travelled to Solomon Islands to conduct a two-week training session on eliminating violence against women with Family Support Centre (FSC) that ended last week.
She said the second training, “Male Advocacy Training” a first of its kind to take place in the country involved finding out what participants thought about men and women, stressing that this is the root cause of gender inequality.
Tahi added that after gender inequality there is discriminatory attitude and behaviour in men because they have been taught and provided the thinking that they are supreme beings over women.
She said wherever you go in the Pacific you will hear that the main area governments are working on to end violence against women is gender inequality.
Henceforth, Tahi emphasised that gender inequality must be addressed and be ridden of in order to end violence against women and children.
She referred to the participants as male advocates who will be advocating for women’s human rights, ending violence against women and promoting gender equality.
Tahi was accompanied by fellow VWC colleagues, Lyn Rose Tule who is the Centre’s Counselor/Supervisor and Kristine Keasi, the Centre’s Mobile Counselor.
She was speaking at a function on Oct 12 attended by participants from the two trainings, FSC, SAFE NET and the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA) representatives.
In her closing remarks, Tahi thanked the Family Support Centre’s (FSC) Manager, Lynffer Wini Maltungtung for having them come over to do the trainings and the Solomon Islands government for funding the training.