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Letters – 24-03-2014

Sun article Roshika Deo, Suva I was surprised to read the angle of the story by Jyoti Pratibha in the Fiji Sun on 22 March 2014 and that she also
24 Mar 2014 11:12

Sun article
Roshika Deo, Suva
I was surprised to read the angle of the story by Jyoti Pratibha in the Fiji Sun on 22 March 2014 and that she also attempted to sensationalise the matter like the American newspaper. At the outset, yes most of us have grown up in a country riddled with racism, political instability since independence, violent and hostile government takeovers or coups as we refer to them and we currently live in a dictatorship. How it affects each one of us may differ but it does affect us all in one way or the other.
The context of the issues that I discussed and have advocated for many years seems to be ignored by reporters whether here or overseas.
Yes young women in Fiji have been beaten up for wearing shorts. In 2009/2010 when the village by laws were drafted and circulated several incidents more reported in the media and otherwise of girls being beaten up for wearing shorts.
A couple of years ago, a group of young women launched Take Back The Streets Fiji campaign with LTA on International Women’s Day. Many girls and women shared their experiences of being sexually molested, attacked, and sexually harassed by certain public service vehicle drivers including taxis, and when walking the streets. Rishi Ram who was then at the leadership of the Taxi Association had responded, and we had a national debate on this issue for several days. Similar stories of harassment by some public service vehicle drivers were also shared during the constitutional submissions in 2012.
This project continues with girls and women still expressing concern for their safety in public service vehicles and on the streets, with fear of being sexually harassed and raped hindering their freedom to movement.
Being ignorant of what the realities in Fiji are does not make the truth disappear. We have to continue working together to breaking the culture of silence that prevails around women’s realties and experiences. If most Americans know Fiji as only Fiji Water and tourism I am not surprised. But if our people including our local media fail to be aware of what is happening in our country then not only am I surprised but saddened by it.

Liquor prices
Wise Muavono, Lautoka
I would like to raise my voice against the unprecedented price hike on liquors. This price hike is too much if you ask all those poor fellows who are used to gulping a few litres regularly.




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