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NO to violence against women and girls

NO to violence against women and girls
NO to violence against women and girls
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The Australian High Commission is lit up in purple from 25 November until 10 December to recognise the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. The 16 Days of Activism is an annual global campaign calling for an end to gender-based violence.
Australia stands beside Vanuatu in its efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. Australia supports a range of local partners including government, church and civil society organisations to drive change to end violence against women and girls.
Australia provides core support to the Vanuatu Women’s Centre which provided legal and counselling services to over 6,600 women across the country in this last year.
The Vanuatu-Australia Police and Justice Program, Stretem Rod blong Jastis mo Sefti, works with the Vanuatu Police Force, the Ministry of Justice and Community Services and other legal and community institutions to improve women and children’s access to justice.
The Australian High Commissioner, Ms Jenny Da Rin, was pleased to join the Director General of the Ministry of Justice and Community Services and government, church, traditional and civil society leaders at Vanuatu’s official launch of the 16 Days of Activism on Monday 25 November.
“Violence against women is a problem worldwide. It takes many people – women, men and community leaders – working in each of their environments to drive change. I applaud all of those actively engaged in working to stop violence: together you are so powerful” said Australian High Commissioner, Jenny Da Rin.
Australia supports Vanuatu’s theme for the 16 Days of Activism ‘Stanap Strong Agensem Vaelens’. The theme encourages people to speak out about violence against women and girls and to challenge damaging social norms.

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