The FSM delegation indicated to the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review that FSM was a “very peaceful society and that violence against women and children were rare and isolated”.  Since the first UPR review, not enough empirical studies have been conducted on sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in FSM, but anecdotal evidence suggests that domestic and sexual violence is prevalent.  Addressing violence against women in FSM will require a combination of legal, political, and cultural-based efforts.

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