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Cook Islands

Population size:

2022: 17.6 thousand.

48.3% female population.


Education:

No research found.


Employment:

2012: Women make up 55% of the non- agricultural sector and unemployment rates for women are 7.3% compared with 6.7% for men.


Parliament:

2014: 12.5% females


Domestic Violence:

Domestic violence is widely prevalent but under- reported. There is also a high number of teenage pregnancies, many of which are the result of rape, abuse and incest.

2012: police records showed that there were 5 assaults on females each month.

2018: 13.7% of women aged between 15 and 49 reported that they had been subject to physical/ sexual violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months.

2021: Cook Islands Women’s Counselling Centre states that they are having an influx of perpetrators coming forward for therapy. Over the last four years, the non- profit had helped 140 people but for the first time the number of women seeking help dropped from 28 in 2020 to 9 in 2021. 15 men seeked help in 2021.


Current Law and Policy:

The Cook Islands government noted in their report to the CEDAW Committee in 2007 that domestic violence is a problem.


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