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5-Year Action Plan Developed To Prevent Gender Violence

The five-year plan will focus on preventing domestic violence, intimate partner, violence and sexual violence against women and girls with an emphasis on stopping violence before it starts.
14 Jan 2020 12:12
5-Year Action Plan Developed To Prevent Gender Violence
Ministerial press conference on Fiji’s National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls on January 13, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

The Fijian Government through the Ministry of Women and Children, is developing Fiji’s first National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children.

The five-year plan will focus on preventing domestic violence, intimate partner, violence and sexual violence against women and girls with an emphasis on stopping violence before it starts.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa said data and evidence in Fiji, demonstrated that these were the most prevalent or widespread forms of violence against women and girls which urgently need to be addressed.

The key components of the Actions Plan will include an explanation of why violence happens in Fiji.

“In order to solve a national problem, there must be an evidenced-based as well as a shared understanding among Fijians for what causes it,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

“It will look also at how the different environments in which Fijians live, work, learn, socialise and pray can be key settings for prevention activities.”

The National Action Plan will be accompanied also by a National Communications Strategy and an implementation plan to ensure alignment on consistent messaging on prevention across the country to reach multiple levels of society in Fiji.

The ministry will hold nationwide consultations and dialogues with stakeholders and communities to develop this plan.

“A national conversation that honours and does justice to the experience of women and girls who have for long suffered in silence, some paying the ultimate price,” Ms Vuniwaqa added.

Edited by Percy Kean

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