Vanuatu: Parliament Passes Family Protection Order Bill

On 18 June, 2008 the Parliament of Vanuatu, an island in the Pacific, passed a Family Protection Order Bill.
"The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre and the Pacific Women's Network Against Violence Against Women would like to congratulate the Vanuatu Women's Centre and the Vanuatu National Council of Women on the passing of the Family Protection Order Bill in Parliament.
This is a momentous occassion for the women of Vanuatu and a testament of the the hard work done by the women's movement in Vanuatu over the past 10 years. Kudos also the Vanuatu government for recognising violence against women as a violation of women's human rights. We join you in celebrating this historic occassion."

"The Ministry of Women, Community & Social Development, Government of Samoa joins others in congratulating the Vanuatu Women's focal point and all women of Vanuatu for this wonderful achievement." --Luagalau Foisagaasina Eteuati Shon, Chief Executive Officer

Source: WUNRN and Pacific Women's Information Network

19 June 2008