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Bainimarama Reinforces Stand On Violence Against Women

Bainimarama Reinforces Stand On Violence Against Women
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama gives his statement in Istanbul, Turkey, yesterday.
May 26
11:26 2016

It is very encouraging to hear Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama telling world leaders at the World Humanitarian Summit at Istanbul, Turkey, that his Government has made it a priority to improve the women’s position in Fiji and finally put an end to a long history in which women have been treated very poorly.

He also said: “There is no justification, no excuse, for any man to inflict violence on a woman or abuse her in any way.”

Our Prime Minister is a leader who supports women and has called on men to treat them with the respect they deserve as their wives, partners, mothers, sisters and daughters – the bedrock of the families and of the nation.

He told the summit participants that it was sad to report that that all still have a terrible problem with male attitudes to women.

“We have an unacceptable level of rape and child abuse,” he said.

With Government’s no zero tolerance on violence against women, the Police still recorded an increase in reports on this.

It is time that men change their attitude and take on board a positive approach on women.

They should remember to honor and respect the women closest to them.

Their mothers, for caring for them from birth and then long after childhood is over.

Their sisters, nieces, and cousins for being their biggest supporters and sometimes best friends.

Their wives, for being the best partners they could ask for and all the women in their lives whether in the office or in their neighbourhoods.

Fiji is committed to gender equality at every level and that is reflected in the commitments Government is making at the World Humanitarian Summit.

Government has established unprecedented equality for all Fijians in the Constitution, including “the right to be free from any form of violence”.

It has amended the old laws that required corroboration in cases of rape.

Gone are the days when the men dominate all work areas and also at the management level and also for the kitchen to be the place only for women.

We must thank the Government for its women  empowering programmes as it has elevated the women in the business community.

Here is the response by United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Jan Eliasson to the Prime Minister’s remarks – “Thank you very much, Prime Minister. It’s reassuring to hear a head of government taking such a principled and firm stand on violence against women and children in a domestic environment. It was absolutely wonderful to hear that from you. The applause that interrupted you is a sign of appreciation.”

Strong praise, indeed.

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