August 30, 2016 8:50 am

Minister Akbar calls for regional support to fight against violence

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon. Rosy Sofia Akbar has called on regional leaders for joint efforts to address eliminating gender-based violence in homes, schools, work and societies. Speaking at the 21st Council of Pacific Education Women’s Network Conference at the Tanoa Skylodge Hotel in Nadi, the Minister said the issue of gender-based […]

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon. Rosy Sofia Akbar has called on regional leaders for joint efforts to address eliminating gender-based violence in homes, schools, work and societies.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon. Rosy Sofia Akbar while speaking at the 21st Council of Pacific Education Women’s Network Conference. (Fijian Government)
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon. Rosy Sofia Akbar while speaking at the 21st Council of Pacific Education Women’s Network Conference. (Fijian Government)

Speaking at the 21st Council of Pacific Education Women’s Network Conference at the Tanoa Skylodge Hotel in Nadi, the Minister said the issue of gender-based violence in Pacific societies been deemed a taboo for far too long.

The three-day workshop is being organised by the Council of Pacific Education (CPE) and is attended by representatives of 18 countries from the region as well as Australia and New Zealand.

The secretary for CPE Govind Singh said the onus lies with each individual to have the desire to be successful.

SINGH: “It is an opportunity to reunite, to rekindle the efforts and to strengthen the unity to persevere to reach out to those women who depend on us and look up to us as their hope and as their leaders, we owe to them for the trust bestowed upon us to help them uplift their lives.”

Over the next three days, participants will have the opportunity to formulate a consolidated platform to battle violence against women, girls, and children.