Delegates have agreed violence against women and girls are a priority development issue (Pic. SNA)

VICTORIA – SEYCHELLES is losing about 17-MILLION-300-THOUSAND US dollars each year due to violence against women and girls.

National news agency, SNA, says the information is in a new COMMONWEALTH report launched today (THURSDAY) in the capital, VICTORIA.

The study, entitled Measuring the Economic Cost of Violence against Women and Girls, says the amount of money lost represents ONE-POINT-TWO percent of the national GDP.

It says the losses are in the cost of health care, the justice system, social services, as well as the loss of earnings and productivity in the country’s economy.

Health Minister JEAN-PAUL ADAM says violence against women and girls makes everyone vulnerable and, unlike threats such as climate change, the problem is something that citizens can address right now.

He says the government appreciates immensely that the COMMONWEALTH has chosen SEYCHELLES as the pilot for the project.

The scheme seeks to contribute to efforts to end violence against women and girls through development of a revolutionary and living framework measuring the real impact violence has on society.

Minister JEAN-PAUL ADAM says his government is committed to acting, and it firstly needs to lead with advocacy and sensitisation as to the scale of the problem, acknowledging there is significant underreporting.

SNA says speakers during the launch of the study outlined that the 2016 national baseline study in SEYCHELLES, concluded there is a serious underreporting of gender-based violence.

It says the best sources of information on prevalence patterns and consequences are population-based surveys rather than police and hospital statistics or studies.

The National Bureau of Statistics key findings in the gender baseline survey of 2016 show 59 percent of women have experienced violence once in their lifetime.

The study further shows most of the violence occurs in the home between intimate partners, while 54 percent of women have experienced intimate partner violence.

At least 172 women out of the ONE-THOUSAND-560 respondents reported having experienced physical intimate partner violence, with 78 percent confirming they have experienced some form of abuse before they reached 18 years.

COMMONWEALTH Secretary General PATRICIA SCOTLAND presented the report to SEYCHELLES Minister Designated MACSUZY MONDON./Sabanews/cam

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