17 Sep 2012

Duchess discusses gender based violence in Solomon Islands

6:53 pm on 17 September 2012

Women's groups from the Solomon Islands' public and private sector have met with the Duchess of Cambridge as part of the royal's visit to the country.

Prince William and his wife Catherine are in Solomon Islands as part of a nine day tour of the Asia-Pacific region as part of the celebration of the Queen's diamond jubilee.

The Gender Co-ordinator for World Vision in Solomon Islands, Koisau Sade says during a morning tea with the Duchess, she was able to talk about her community project which aims to reduce gender based violence by 2015.

"She asked, oh so what is gender based violence like in Solomon Islands? So I replied to her and told her about statistics from the family health and safety study in 2009. It says that two out of three women and girls, which is roughly about 64 percent from that study, have experienced physical or sexual violence or even both at some stage in their life."

Koisau Sade says the Duchess was friendly and pleasant.

The Royal Couple will travel to Tuvalu tomorrow.