“There is no excuse for any form of violence. You are strong, you are powerful. You were born free and equal, you have the right to life, and to live in freedom and safety. Nobody has the right to hurt you. The law is the same for everyone, and it must treat you fairly.
“Seek help if you need to, respect yourself and live responsibly, as you are also responsible for every decision you take and every action you make”.
The powerful words were delivered by the Acting Coordinator of the Vanuatu Women’s Centre (VWC), Vola Matas, on November 25 to mark the beginning of 16 days of activism against violence against women and girls in the country and the world.