Women

16 days of activism launch in Labasa

The elimination of violence against women remains one of the government’s priorities for the year 2016. In addressing the women of Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata at the Katonivere ground in Labasa, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa stated that Fijians must accept and fully support the move towards the suppression of […]

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November 29, 2016 8:12 am

The elimination of violence against women remains one of the government’s priorities for the year 2016.

In addressing the women of Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata at the Katonivere ground in Labasa, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa stated that Fijians must accept and fully support the move towards the suppression of violence against women, children and vulnerable members of the community.

Hon. Vuniwaqa further stated that violence against women remain one of the Fijian Government’s priorities in recognition of international and regional conventions that the government is a party of. 

She further highlighted the supporting network of laws, policies and initiatives by Government, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders which all emanate from our Constitutional provisions on equality, non-discrimination and basic human rights. 

“We must accept that the eradication of violence against women and children will take more than great laws and policies. It requires behavioural changes. It requires the changing of mindsets. It needs overhauling of the age-old machinery of traditional barriers which continue to instil gender inequalities in our communities. It requires us to speak the unspeakable- because violence against women and children finds comfort in the depth of silence. It thrives in the solace of fear together as one people we can make elimination of violence against women possible.”

She further added that religious bodies and community-based organisations should make the elimination of violence against women and children a hallmark of religious teachings and advocacy.

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