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Women Parliamentarians Discuss Violence

Alcohol consumption and power behind our men are the two main factors contributing to violence against women. This was identified by Pacific women parliamentarians during the Pacific Women’s Parliament Partnership
02 May 2015 11:05
Women Parliamentarians Discuss Violence
Pacific Women Parlimentarians: From left: Woman Parlimentarians, Charmaine Scotty(Nauru), Federated States of Micronesia, Maere Tekanene, Va’aiga Inga(Niue), Selina Napa(Cook Islands) and Maere Tekanene from Kiribati during the press conference at Novotel yesterday. Photo: Litia Cava

Alcohol consumption and power behind our men are the two main factors contributing to violence against women.

This was identified by Pacific women parliamentarians during the Pacific Women’s Parliament Partnership Forum at Novotel Suva Lami Bay in Lami yesterday.

A woman parliamentarian from Niue, Magdalena Walter, said: “There are many other factors that start all this violence against women and the first one I think of is power; the power of man to control women and I believe rules in the home should be in place for any home to be a happy family,”Mrs Walter said.

MP Selina Napa from the Cook Islands said: “Alcohol is the main issue; it doesn’t work well and in Fiji you have this kava which numbs all your body and this is one of the main factors,”Mrs Napa said.

Thirty Pacific women parliamentarians from around the Pacific including Fiji, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu were part of the three-day forum which discussed the appalling incidence of family violence in the Pacific.

A further 21 parliamentarians from Australia and New Zealand were also present in the meeting which ended yesterday.

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