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16 Days Of Activism

16 Days Of Activism
December 08
09:26 2014

West women gathered in Ba last Saturday for the launching of the 16 days of Activism – an awareness against violence and abuse of women and children.

Women were urged to unite in the fight against the perpetrators of violence and abuse.

Minister for Women Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, while launching the event, urged the women to stand up against violence.

“We women, we are not at a disadvantage. We say that we have worked in solidarity, but the bitter truth is we are not,” Ms Akbar said.

“The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre and the Fiji Bureau of Statistics showed that 43 women are injured and one is permanently disabled, and 71 lose consciousness every day, this is why we need to stand together in solidarity as sisters to stand up against this,” she said.

The 16 Days of Activism launch started with a march through Ba Town by women, men and children.

Ms Akbar said women needed to report cases of violence against them.

“The sad thing about these cases is that there is one in 10 victims of violence that report to a health worker. We need to stop this and start reporting, even if you are a witness.

“Men must have the courage and the wisdom to discard practices that harm their wives and children which leave permanent marks on our lives,” she said.

“I acknowledge the work of the NGOs which have worked tirelessly in this area and government agencies and development partners that embrace Government’s campaign to eradicate domestic violence and work towards creating a violence-free nation.”

Ms Akbar was accompanied by the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Parveen Kumar.


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