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Akbar: No Tolerance For Domestic Violence

At Government level, we have zero tolerance for domestic violence, says the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar. Ms Akbar said: “Just a few days ago the
02 May 2015 10:14
Akbar: No Tolerance For Domestic Violence
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar (fourth from left), with the Nadogo Women club members at Nadogo. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

At Government level, we have zero tolerance for domestic violence, says the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar.

Ms Akbar said: “Just a few days ago the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made a few bold statements regarding family violence.

“The Prime Minister labelled family violence and domestic violence as a national shame.

“This statement was hailed by some of the neighbouring countries as a statement of difference by a government leader.

“It is from this type of leadership support and political will that our ministry takes our cue for work as well,” she added.

The minister, while opening the Nadogo Women’s Resource Centre in Wainikoro, Macuata, reiterated that they needed to do more for women who worked hard to ensure the family had food to eat, were clothed and kept safe.

“The state of domestic violence in Fiji is appalling and of national shame. The Government has the political will to make a difference to family violence,” Ms Akbar said. “Of course my ministry gives this issue a priority tackling domestic violence is at the core of our efforts to improve the position and status of Fijian women generally.

“We wish to empower all Fijian women to give them more of a stake in our economy, to enrich their lives and those of their families.”

She reminded men present at the event to respect and care for their women.

“Remember this, real men don’t hit women. Real men protect women and treat them as equals,” Ms Akbar said.

“The family is the heart of every society and ought to be a place devoid of conflict. The home should be a place of love and acceptance in which our children can be reared and every family member can be safe.”

She reiterated that she stood amongst the crowd as a testimony of the relentless upbringing and nurturing of a dedicated and loving mother.

“I believe that if our sisters and mothers are given the right support nothing is impossible and all will be well for generations to come.”

maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 

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