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Men Need To Change Mindset: Ali

Men need to change their mindset on violence against women and children, says Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali. “They should learn to respect women and children,” she said.
21 Mar 2016 11:12
Men Need To Change Mindset: Ali
Sili Keni with daughter, Briana Renejoy shows where the body of her 14 year-old daughter Mere Ailevu was found at Loloma beach in Deuba. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

Men need to change their mindset on violence against women and children, says Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali.

“They should learn to respect women and children,” she said.

Ms Ali made this comment after 14-year-old Mere Ailevu, a student of Lomary Catholic Primary School was found half-naked, dead with a Tee-shirt tied around her neck at Loloma Beach, Pacific Harbour, last Monday.

Police have already determined that she was brutally raped and killed.

“This is very tragic incident which has happened to this 14-year-old,” she said.

Ms Ali said community members should work together with Police and help them find the suspects.

“We need to educate men to change their mindset and avoid doing heinous crimes,” Ms Ali said.

“Community members should also work together to avoid such tragedy in their communities.”

Ms Ali said their centre ran a programme where they counseled and educated men to respect women and young children.

“We are always ready to work with community members and educate men to change their mindset and respect women but, they have to show some willingness,” she said.

Ms Ali said the Fiji Police Force should set up an education programme for offenders in prison to help them change their mindset to respect women so that when these perpetrators come out of the jail they would have been reformed and not recommit such crimes.

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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