Gender based violence is a scourge of the Pacific. It can take the form of physical or sexual violence at the hands of partners, non-partner sexual assault, sexual exploitation and trafficking, and can arise through practices such as accusations of sorcery.
Its root causes are gender inequality, unequal gender power relations, privilege and patriarchy.
Statistically, Pacific Islands women are more likely to suffer violence than women in other parts of the world. COVID-19 has made a bad situation worse. The WHO says on average, 35% of women express gender . . .