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Anishma Intends To Take On Violence Against Women

Violence against women remains widespread and we need to find ways to make our communities safe for all. These comments were made by Vodafone Hibiscus contestant, Ms Fulton Hogan Hiways,
01 Aug 2016 09:06
Anishma Intends To Take On  Violence Against Women
Miss Fulton Hogan Hiways, Anishma Lal. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Violence against women remains widespread and we need to find ways to make our communities safe for all.

These comments were made by Vodafone Hibiscus contestant, Ms Fulton Hogan Hiways, Anishma Lal.

The 19-year-old said violence against women took many forms, physical, sexual, economical and psychological.

“Violence against women remains under-reported due to insufficient specialised services available to victims,” she said.

“In Fiji it is unbelievable to hear the reports of rape and abuse in the news and we need more awareness on the issue.

“I believe some form of defence classes should be included in our education system so students can learn how to defend themselves if they face violence.
“Sometimes men think it is ok to harass women when we pass on the streets which is frustrating.

“These are simple things that we can work together and speak out about domestic violence.”

She said Hibiscus Festival preparation was still underway and she was enjoying the journey so far with the other contestants.

“My sponsors are hoping to get the best float again this year and the support has been overwhelming,” she said.

Ms Lal attends the Dilkshua Methodist Church where she takes part in a choir.

“I believe youths in church are vital as spiritual uplifting is important to fight against this issue,” she said.

Ms Lal is one of the 13 queen contestants vying for the Miss Vodafone Hibiscus title this year. The event will be held at the Vodafone Arena from August 12 to 20.

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