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Pacific women market vendors suffer due to gender inequalities

Pacific women endure violence and barriers in multiple forms in order to provide for their families. This was discussed during the week-long Pacific’s major quadrennial meeting on gender-based violence taking place at the Warwick Resort in Sigatoka, Fiji. Papua New Guinea development worker Elizabeth Cox, has worked for many years to try and improve conditions for […]

Salote Qalubau

August 19, 2016 8:49 am

Pacific women endure violence and barriers in multiple forms in order to provide for their families.

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Participants from the Pacific are meeting at the Warwick, Sigatoka, Fiji for the 7th Pacific Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women Meeting. (FWCC)

This was discussed during the week-long Pacific’s major quadrennial meeting on gender-based violence taking place at the Warwick Resort in Sigatoka, Fiji.

Papua New Guinea development worker Elizabeth Cox, has worked for many years to try and improve conditions for women market vendors around the Pacific.

She said the problems facing women do not just begin within the market precincts but start right from the women’s homes and plantations where they are often the main producers.

Papua New Guinea development worker Elizabeth Cox. (FWCC)
Papua New Guinea development worker Elizabeth Cox. (FWCC)

COX: “Those problems begin at home, to get to market, on the way to market, at the market, on the way home from the market and when they are back home. These are all part of what we have to understand that the violence is not just around the marketing and street trading.

She said violence is also happening before, whether they are allowed to go to the market, whether they have to take their children with them and also the money they take home.

COX: “Market spaces around the Pacific illustrate the huge inequalities that women still face, including sexual harassment, unhygienic, inadequate and sub-standard selling spaces and absence of representation on vendors’ associations.”

Other topics discussed during the meeting include the health system and the protocols for dealing with survivors of sexual and physical violence, women’s access to the justice system, prevention initiatives and how men can work with women to prevent violence.

The meeting ends today.

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