OFFICERS of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Brass Band and the National Community Policing Department led the float parade to make the launch of activities for the 16-Day of Activism against Violence Against Women and Girls as it weaved its way from the Henderson Police Station in East Honiara to White River in West Honiara today (26 November 2018).
The theme for this year’s campaign is: “Herem Vois Blo Me – Stop Violence Against Women and Girls”. The program of activities which started with an Inter-denominational Church Service in Honiara (25 November) will continue until 10 December 2018.
Speaking at the beginning of the float parade, RSIPF National Community Policing Officer, Sergeant John Manegaua explains, “The idea of the float parade through Honiara City is to stop at some of the hot spots through the capital and really try and get the message to our people that we must all work together to stop violence against our women and girls. We really need to take this message to our people that enough is enough.”
“I want to call on all men in Honiara City to attend some of the activities that RSIPF Community Policing Department and other stakeholders will be conducting during the next 16 days so that we become more aware of the extend of this crime of violence against the women and girls in our communities throughout Solomon Islands and do all we can to stop it,” says Sergeant Manegaua.
The RSIPF Community Policing Department at the Honiara City Central Police Station will open its doors for members of the public to view the facilities there and speak with the officers. RSIPF will also conduct community awareness on the Family Protection Act, Family Violence, Sexual Assault, Gender-Based Violence at some of the communities in and Honiara throughout the campaign period.
Other stakeholders including the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs; the SafeNet members, non-government organisations and church based organisations will also be conducting other activities to bring to the forefront the increasing incidents of violence against women and girls in the country.
A study conducted in Solomon Islands in 2009 found that 64 percent of women aged 15 to 49 who have even been in a relationship have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner.