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REACH Initiative Assists In Accessibility To Govt. Services

REACH Initiative Assists In Accessibility To Govt. Services
June 16
10:00 2017

REACH project aims to promote peace building, social cohesion and inclusiveness says Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

She made these remarks during the Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH) for rural and urban Fijians project press conference at Vodafone Arena in Suva yesterday.

She said REACH is a strong partnership and it is evidence of what a strong partnership can do particularly for rural Fijians.

“REACH is an extension of Government’s mandate, Government’s vision and its services to rural residents.

“Accessibility to government’s services still remains quite a challenge.

“REACH was put together for this accessibility issue.

“Having the press conference on the margins of the women’s expo is appropriate as well because here we have Fijians coming to urban areas for you.

“One of the core targets that REACH aims to reach is women and particularly rural women,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

Director of Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission Ashwin Raj said the task that lies before the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission is an urgent one.

“It is imperative that every Fijian, irrespective of geography, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation gender identity and expression, age, socio-economic background, ideological dispositions and political proclivities knows that they have the right to have rights.

“The REACH initiative has created this condition of possibility for various interlocutors such as the Ministry of Women, Children & Poverty Alleviation, the Legal Aid Commission, the Fiji Police and the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission to take their services to the most rural and  remote communities,” Mr Raj said.

From September 2015 till March 2017, 3,138 people (1591 women, 1379 men and 168 children) benefitted from the REACH mobile awareness raising and service delivery.

132 communities in 28 districts in 10 provinces across the Central, Eastern, Western and Northern Division received the REACH mobile awareness raising and service delivery.

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