by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
Gender based violence has become a dangerous health and social problem affecting many women around the world.
These acts of violence mostly result in physical, sexual and psychological harm or damages that affect the victim’s health, development and growth in the longer run.
According to the World Health Organisation statistics, its estimates suggest that one in a three women globally, has experienced either physical or sexual violence from a partner or even a non-partner in their lives.
While sources to help these victims are available, the challenge of reporting the problem has become difficult as many in fear, tend to ignore the problem and remain silent.
Only a few with confidence stand to report the case and source help. This has been the case around the world.
The Pacific Region, among others, has also been challenged with this problem.
During its 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaign throughout the Pacific region, the UN has identified that the rate of violence against women in the region is very high.
According to UN Women’s Deputy Representative for Fiji, Nicholas Burniat, violence against women affects majority of the women in the Pacific region with two out of three experiencing violence.
Mr Nicholas added that the increasing rate of the issue in the region over the years, have increased and is still increasing today.
Meanwhile, Mr Nicholas says if the rates do not improve, the increasing problem can hamper development in the region.