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Let’s eliminate violence against women: Sigimanu

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Ethel Sigimanu
WOMEN in Honiara joined the world yesterday to mark the 16 days activism campaign on eliminating violence against women and girls.

Each year 16 days activism starts on November 25 and ends on December 10.

Honiara women marked the event on Sunday at St Barnabas Cathedral and subsequently the official opening of the campaign yesterday.

The theme for this year’s campaign is “From peace in the home to peace in the world.”

In her key note address, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA) Ethel Sigimanu said this year’s theme begs for one’s conscience to see and to do something about the violence that is happening in homes.

Mrs Sigimanu said the peace appeals to the Government, churches, parliamentarians, chiefs and leaders to rise up and address the violence.

She said it is calling on fathers, mothers, uncles, aunties, brothers and sisters to play their role and not to keep silence.

“We must not tolerate the violence that is happening under our roofs and under our noses as we have an immense responsibility to provide a safe and peaceful home to our families and our children.”

The PS said there were many stories that have never been told because of fear,   blame, social stigma, culture, church and violence is seen as normal.

“Many victims of violence have gone to their graves with their stories buried inside them.”

Mrs Sigimanu called on all stakeholders to be responsible towards eliminating violence against women.

She stressed that since joining the world in marking the event way back in 1991 campaigners have left their own imprints as well.

She said more have been achieved and will not stop.

“We have come a long way and we are not stopping here.

“We owe it to our family members who have gone before us due to violence and we owe much to the future of this nation’s children and their children,” Mrs Sigimanu said.

By Jennifer Kakai