15 Aug 2013

Alcohol exacerbating struggles for Solomon Islands women

6:55 am on 15 August 2013

An early childhood teacher in the capital of Solomon Islands' Malaita province, Auki, says widespread consumption of alcohol and home-brewed liquor is making life a struggle for many women in her region.

Solomon Islands has one of the highest rates of gender-based violence in the world, with two-thirds of women experiencing either sexual or physical abuse - or both.

Tina Taloga says many women she knows are hit by their husbands as a result of coming home drunk.

The mother of two, who sells fish and chips at the Auki market for extra money, says her husband is not violent to her but alcohol and the home-brewed liquor kwaso have a very bad effect on him.

"And then I'll have to pray so that God gives me peace in my heart so that I can understand him because he's away sometimes one night, two nights away from family and then come back - it's a very hard thing for me too."