Ambassador Reimer’s Statement Congratulating Seychelles on the Passage of the Domestic Violence Act

We applaud the approval of the Domestic Violence Bill by the Seychelles National Assembly and the passage of this Act by President Faure.  The empowerment and protection of women and girls is a central part of U.S. foreign policy and national security.  The United States Africa Command in collaboration with the Seychelles Ministry of Family and the U.S. Defense Institute of Medical Operations has hosted training in 2018 and 2019 to develop a National Plan on women, peace and security and better coordinate actions between the different agencies dealing with domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

Gender-based violence is a global issue that harms millions of women and girls annually, as well as their communities and families.  It pervades all aspects of life – it exists in educational environments, the workforce, and in the home.  It undermines global peace and security and weakens the social fabric that binds families and communities together, preventing countries from achieving social stability and economic development.  Ending gender-based violence requires a coordinated effort and the steadfast dedication of governments, the private sector, and civil society to create an enduring impact.