The Vois Blo Mere Solomons (VBMS) has officially launched the “Breaking the Culture of Silence”, a video documentary of the brave Solomon Islands women who broke the culture of silence and shared their stories on gender-based violence. VBMS will use this documentary as advocacy material to raise awareness on gender-based violence.
Key partners from the Government, civil society organisations and participating communities came together to mark the occasion.
All participants who attended the launch will be given a copy of the video by the end of the month. VBMS plans to make the video accessible for everyone by making copies to share with provincial focal points, media networks, communities, schools.
VBMS Director, Ms Josephine Teaken, thanked UN Women and the Australian Government for their support in enabling VBMS to respond to the call by women in the provinces. She said the video will help women to know where to get help, the services available and how to access them.
The video is a product of partnerships between VBMS and key partners who also work to address gender-based violence in Solomon Islands, like Family Support Centre who provided counselling and capacity building support, and Solomon Star who provided media support during the making of the video.
The documentary will be uploaded on YouTube soon.
VBMS is a grant recipient of UN Women’s Pacific Regional Ending Violence against Women Facility Fund (Pacific Fund), for a project titled ‘Digital Story Documentation on Survivors of Violence ’, which is principally funded by Pacific Women.Source: UN Women