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28,000 Women Sheltered After Winston

28,000 Women Sheltered After Winston
From left:Actionaid Senior Policy and Program Coordinator Carol Angir, FemLINKPACIFIC coordinator Sharon Bhagwan Rounds,Australia High Commissioner to Fiji Margaret Twomey,Minister for Women,Children and poverty alleviation Rosy S. Akbar,Catholic Women's League Fiji Representative Asilika Naduva,UN Women Representative Aleta Miller,Medical Services Pacific Founder&Executive Director Jennifer Poole at the Australian High Commissioner's Residence yesterday.Photo:VILIMONI VAGANALAU.
April 15
11:17 2016

Around 28,000 women were sheltered at evacuation centres around the country after the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Winston in February.

This was revealed by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar at a media conference recognising the role of women during the cyclone. The media conference was held at the Australian High Commissioner’s residence in Suva yesterday.

“We are well aware of the thousands of women, girls and children who took shelter at the evacuation centres; figures reveal approximately 28,000 women were at the evacuation centres,” Ms Akbar said.

Ms Akbar said the women’s efforts included not only providing medical and psychological help but being able to rebuild social networks and support.

“Please allow me to offer high praise for the work done by the Fiji Muslim Women League Medical Services Pacific, Catholic Women’s League, FemLINKPACIFIC and Action Aid Australia,” she said.

Ms Akbar said you had all contributed so much in bringing back protection, dignity, equality and support for not only the women of Fiji but to families as well.

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey acknowledged the women and civil society organisations’ contribution to the Tropical Cyclone Winston response.

“I know since the cyclone you have worked very long hours travelling hard hit areas to provide immediate life saving support,” Ms Twomey said.

“It’s says a lot about the spirit of the community in Fiji; people were looking after each other and staying positive in the face of a man’s tragic loss and trying to rebuild their lives; women of course were a huge part of these communities; it was so obvious in my travels.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika



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