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Gender, Child Violence Warning

Gender, Child Violence Warning
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa with President of Senivadra Women's Club Jese Wati Savou during the opening of the Votua Women's Resource Centre in Bua. April 14, 2018. Photo: WATI TALEBULA
April 16
11:00 2018

Minister for Women, Children and Pover­ty Alleviation Mer­eseini Vuniwaqa encouraged villagers of Votua in Lekutu, Bua, to fight against the so­cial evils of abuse, sexual as­sault and rape of women and children.

She made this statement while opening the Votua Women’s Resource Centre on Saturday.

“The communities, Govern­ment and churches should work together in eradicating violence against women and children,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

“We read it in the newspa­pers, see it on the television and hear it on the radio … the high number of children and women being abused, raped or sexually assaulted every day.”

Ms Vuniwaqa said the Gov­ernment alone could not erad­icate the social ills.

“Fiji stands very highly when we compare our sta­tistics with other countries worldwide. We have one of the highest numbers of sexual as­sault of women and sexual violence against women and children,” she said.

“The Government is doing a lot in preaching about it and putting in place programmes to alleviate this problem.

“The Government can’t do it alone. We need the com­munities, we need the church to stand by the efforts of the Government so that we spread this message across to every family, every church and every religious denomi­nation.”

She added: “We are all say­ing the same message to our children, brothers and sisters and the hope is that one day we can get through and will be able to fight against this evil in our society.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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