Australia continues to get out the message to eradicate domestic violence
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- Published: Wednesday, 21 December 2016 16:08
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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
November 26, 2016—Last evening Australia’s Ambassador George Fraser hosted a reception at his home in Nanpohnmal for the White Ribbon campaign against Domestic Violence. He said that Australia is deeply committed to taking every step possible to eliminate Domestic Violence wherever it is to be found.
FSM’s Secretary for Health and Social Affairs, Magdalena Walter also spoke and presented startling statistics from the 2014 FSM Family Health and Safety Study on the prevalence of violence against women. The study 150 page study which was funded by Australian Aid and the United Nations Population Fund Pacific Sub-Regional office presents page after page of well researched statistics that show that the problem of domestic violence in the FSM is more wide spread than many may have imagined.
On the following day ahead of the White Ribbon against Domestic Violence campaign, the Australian Embassy held a Walk About to continue to raise awareness of the issue that so many women face around the world.
Hundreds of people showed up at Mangrove Bay Bar and participated in possibly the most grueling 5K annual fun runs in the FSM. It begins and ends with a steep and long hill. The event was held in the evening hours after some of the days heat had begun to dissipate. It was still a grueling and hot event.