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Between culture and faith: Unpacking the power driving Gender Based Violence in the Pacific
There are unacceptably high rates of violence against women and girls in the Pacific. Social dynamics, gender power relations and attitudes still normalise this violence. The 2020 Pacific Biennial Sustainable Development Report highlights deeply engrained attitudes in communities; societal and cultural factors that see violent relationships as normal.

Patriarchal structures of leadership and decision-making and biblical interpretations have underpinned psychological, emotional, physical, sexual and economic violence.

Pacific Leaders continue to express their concern, following on from the Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration (PLGED) at the 43rd Pacific Islands Forum in August 2012 in Rarotonga, which focused on the slow progress towards gender equality.

Join us and our Panellists to discuss the nexus between Pacific culture, faith and violence against women and girls.


Ms Kuiniselani Toelupe Tago-Elisara, Acting Regional Director - Polynesia, Pacific Community

Mr Kolinio Sewabu, Fiji Rugby and former international 15s Rugby player

Pastor Teitao Mwea, Gender Equality Theology (GET) Minister, Kiribati Uniting Church

Ms Enid Barlong Kantha, Programme Specialist- Counter trafficking and sorcery related violence at International Organization for Migration (IOM)-Papua New Guinea

Dec 4, 2020 10:00 AM in Fiji Islands, Marshall Islands

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