As part of its technical assistance programme, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) provides support to governments in producing and updating their national reports on the situation of children, youth and women. This report, A Situation Analysis of Children, Youth and Women 2003, is an update to the Situation Analysis of Children and Women in the Marshall Islands 1996 and highlights changes in overall health and welfare. Some of the key issues highlighted in this report are incidents of child abuse and neglect that are thought to be increasing, especially in urban areas. The report stated findings from recently conducted research by the Micronesian Seminar on domestic violence in the Marshall Islands. The report also explains efforts by Women United Together in the Marshall Islands to better understand the causes and affects of domestic violence in the Marshall Islands. The study, which examined legal procedures, hospital and police records and conducted community surveys, revealed that incidents of domestic abuse are increasing in the Marshall Islands. Research findings indicate one reason that spousal abuse is escalating is because neither traditional nor modern systems of protection are operating effectively.
Source of Information
Republic of the Marshall Islands: A Situation Analysis of Children, Youth & Women. Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands with assistance from UNICEF; 2003.
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