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Members Make Pledge To Govt’s Violence Free Initiative

Members Make Pledge To Govt’s Violence Free Initiative
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa (middle) with Natua Women’s Club members and Government officials during the launching of zero tolerance violence-free Natua community and opening of the Natua women’s club centre extension and dinning room project at Seaqaqa, Vanua Levu on September 8, 2018. Photo: Shratika Naidu
September 09
11:00 2018

Natua community in Seaqaqa has been declared a Zero Tolerance Violence Free Community.

In launching an ceremony to mark the declaration Minister for Wom­en, Children, and Poverty Allevia­tion Mereseini Vuniwaqa said it was encouraging to see communi­ties implementing the programme.

“We need to be aware of the mari­tal vows and no matter what reli­gion we belong, the love and respect for one another exists and its the key,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

“Government has done a lot in terms of eradicating violence against women and children within homes,” she added.

“Government cannot achieve a violence-free community without the commitment of the community themselves.

“We need to be aware of the mari­tal vows and no matter what reli­gion we belong, the love and respect for one another exists and its the key.”

Meanwhile, Ms Vuniwaqa also of­ficiated the opening of the Natua Women’s Club centre extension and dining room.

The centre, funded by the minis­try, was built to empower women in the hope of helping them in income generating projects.

“The economy empowerment of women is the hallmark of the work of the ministry that we serve.

“I would like to thank the men for supporting Natua Women’s Club,” she said.

Natua Women’s Club President Nirma Kumari said: “Natua com­munity has been very fortunate to have been chosen for the training carried out.

“This is the only Indo-Fijian reg­istered club in Seaqaqa district and we have been active since 1991.

“We have been working with great interest in partnership with Gov­ernment like ministers to provide greater services to the rural wom­en.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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