A study shows employees in the Solomon Islands lose more than two working weeks a year due to domestic and sexual violence, with one in three employees experiencing violence in the past 12 months.

The study undertaken by the International Finance Coperation with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry is part of their joint work on the Waka Mere Commitment to Action, under which 15 companies in Solomon Islands, have committed to promoting gender equality in the workplace.

IFC Pacific Country Manager-Thomas Jacobs says Solomon Islands has among the highest rates of domestic and sexual violence in the world and this study highlights the personal and business cost of that violence.

A study undertaken by IFC with more than 1,200 employees working for 9 companies in the Solomon Islands, shows almost half the employees surveyed had experienced some form of domestic and sexual violence in their lifetime, with a quarter saying violence occurred at least once a month.

The study shows that stress and physical effects of domestic and sexual violence follows people to work.

More than 80 percent of people who had experienced violence reported at least one negative impact on their work, most often making it difficult to get to work, stay at work or impacting how they felt at work.

IFC will also be undertaking a similar survey of employees at various companies in Fiji, with the results expected out mid this year.

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