Posts Tagged ‘Gender violence’

Churches admit slow-pace in action against gender violence in Pacific

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

The Pacific Conference of Churches admits there has been a lack of urgency by the church in addressing gender-based violence in the region. Its general-secretary James Bhagwan said they have also been complicit. He said a monitoring system is being planned in which faith communities will be held accountable to the commitments they make to Read more

Enquiry into violence in Samoa – Churches must be involved

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Samoa’s Ombudsman,Maiava Iulia Toma has announced there will be a national enquiry into violence in Samoa. He said village councils and the churches have to be brought into the act and an enquiry would help expose weaknesses in the system. Toma was speaking at ¬†a major gathering for Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers in Apia. “We Read more

Vanuatu church leaders committed to ending domestic violence

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Nearly 100 chiefs and church ministers in Vanuatu have committed to ending domestic violence within their own families. They have recently taken part in one of three Channels of Hope workshops organised by World Vision. The workshops were designed to provide skills to leaders of the different sectors of the society to help them in Read more

Churches and NGO in partnership to address gender inequalities

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Family violence cannot be addressed without taking due consideration of the gender inequalities faced by women and girls in the Solomon Islands says Ethel¬†Sigimanu. She is Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs. Sigimanu was speaking at the opening of World Vision’s three day Channels of Hope for Gender, Church Read more

Bible Study being used to discuss gender violence

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Interactive Bible studies in Fiji are helping to break the silence over gender violence. The House of Sarah, part of the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia, is running workshops looking at how scripture can help end violence against women. House of Sarah’s gender specialist, Tupou Vere, says they’ve found the workshops a useful way to discuss Read more

Solomons Christian Women’s shelter in heavy demand

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The director of the Christian Care Centre, Ruth Hope, says more than 500 women, girls and children are under their care, the highest ever recorded at the centre. The Christian Care centre in the Solomon Islands is run by a handful of Anglican nuns, one of whom doubles as a nurse. The Christian Care Centre Read more

Christmas good time to take a stand against domestic violence

Friday, November 27th, 2015

A Northland anti-domestic violence campaigner says, in the lead up to Christmas, White Ribbon Day is a perfect time to encourage people to stand up to domestic violence. Phil Paikea, champion for the It’s Not OK campaign, said the Christmas/New Year period is the worst time of the year for domestic violence. “I’d like to Read more

Anglican Sisters run only domestic violence refuge in Solomons

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The Anglican Church of Melanesia runs the only domestic violence refuge in the Solomon Islands. It is run by a handful of nuns, one of whom doubles as a nurse. The Christian Care Centre was established without Government support in 2000. Now working with the backing of World Vision, they take in women and children Read more

Solomons: Domestic violence causing women to flee homes

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Increasing domestic violence in Solomon Islands is being blamed for the rise in the number of women and children seeking shelter in a care-centre in Honiara. The Church of Melanesia’s Christian Care Centre’s director, Sister Doreen Awaiasi, says she is having to turn people away as the centre is at full capacity. Sister Doreen says Read more

Kiribati: Churches oppose death penalty

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Bishop Paul Mea says his church will not support introducing the death penalty. He says there are other measures that can be taken to try to reduce violence in the community. The Kiribati parliament has passed the first reading of the bill and leaders are supposed to hold consultations with their electorate before the second Read more