Violence against women in Melanesia and East Timor: Building on global and regional promising practices . Mary Ellsberg, Ph.D. Vice President, Health and Development [email protected]
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Violence against women in Melanesia and East Timor: Building on global and regional promising practices
Mary Ellsberg, Ph.D.
Vice President, Health and Development
Study on global and regional promising practices led by PATH under contract to AUSAIDMary Ellsberg, formerly of PATH Chris Bradley, independent consultantAndrew Egan, AUSAIDAmy Haddad, AUSAID
What do we need to change? Melanesia and East Timor
Venn Diagram Melanesia and East Timor
the women come here after they’ve tried everything else
Give her counseling, and discuss if she feels safe to go home, or back to her relatives.
If she’s badly bruised, We take her to the government hospital for a medical report.
Some women come in and say they’ve been to the police so many times and nothing has happened.
They will talk about the marriage vows: “Till death do us part”.
Someone nearby who she trusts, who will listen to her… but she might tell her just think of their children, think of her family
They do the examination and medical report, some doctors do give them some counselling and tell them it’s their right to not be beaten.
The Family might be helpful at first and take her in for a short while. But after that, reconciliation comes in and the husband comes around and they all want her to go back to him.” “His whole family might come with him and ask for her to go back, and she can’t refuse”
Family Protection Bill submitted (still not passed)
1980 Independence of Vanuatu from France and England women allowed and encouraged to vote
CEDAW and CRC ratified
Women’s national Plan developed by DWA
Setting up Department of Women’s affairs
Chiefs ruling about women wearing trousers
Stakeholder mapping Melanesia and East Timor
international Melanesia and East Timor
Fiji women’s crisis center
Vanuatu council of churches
Pacific children’s program
Malvatumauri Council of chiefs
Vanuatu youth center
Bilaterals AUSAID, NZD
Community legal center
UNIFEM, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNPFA
Dept womens affairs
Local provincial government
ChurchWho’s working on GBV in Vanuatu? Who’s missing? (stakeholder mapping)