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MPs Challenged To Advocate Against Nation’s Child Abuse

Government and Opposition members of Parliament were challenged by Mereseini Vuniwaqa to include the advocacy against child abuse when campaigning for the general elections. The Minister for Women, Children and
07 Feb 2017 11:00
MPs Challenged To Advocate Against Nation’s Child Abuse
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa and her assistant VEena Bhatnagar are followed by Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia BAle Tuitubou, Hopward Politini and Asst Min for Agriculture and NAtural Disaster Joeli Cawaki. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

Government and Opposition members of Parliament were challenged by Mereseini Vuniwaqa to include the advocacy against child abuse when campaigning for the general elections.

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Ms Vuniwaqa, said in Parliament yesterday that the number of child abuse reported cases continued to increase.

She said the perpetrators of child abuse in Fiji were mostly immediate family members.

Ms Vuniwaqa said that the Government couldn’t fight the issue alone, but needed the assistance of its people.

“We should do this as a country and not only Government, it’s the parents responsibility to bring up their children in the right environment,” she said.

“Campaign time will begin soon. Members of this House, we will be advocating a lot of topics. Will child abuse be one of them?” she questioned.

Ms Vuniwaqa said the issue of child abuse needed to feature prominently in whatever campaign members of parliament carried out.

She said the number of child abuse cases in our country continued to increase every year.

Ms Vuniwaqa said 330 child abuse cases were reported in 2012 whereas 1,077 cases were reported in 2016.

She said out of the 1,077 cases in 2016, sexual abuse topped the list, followed by neglect with physical abuse coming in the third highest.

Ms Vuniwaqa said in order to achieve a targeted effective approach they needed statistics to catergorise child abuses and identify black spots.

Opposition MP , Salote Radrodro said the increase of child abuse cases showed the manifestation on the breakdown of values and spirituality of this nation.

She said the ministry needed to work with religious based organisations to tackle the problem.

Ms Vuniwaqa said they were currently working with Non Governmental Organisations and faith based organisations in combating child abuse in Fiji.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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