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Violence costs Pacific billions

Violence costs Pacific billions

Updated 29 February 2012, 7:30 AEDT

The United Nations estimates that restricting women's access to jobs costs the Asia-Pacific region $40 billion a year.

But the economic cost of violence against women is just one aspect of the problem outlined at a gathering in Canberra this week.

The "Stopping violence against Women" conference has heard there is a need to force change at all levels of society -- from the various parliaments in the region through to remote communities.

Presenter: Michael Cavanagh

Speakers: Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State; Shamima Ali, Fiji's Women's Crisis Centre; Penny Williams, Global Ambassador for Women and Girls

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