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Farmer Travels from Vatukoula to Suva to Support Man Up

A farmer Taito Koroi, 44, trav­elled all the way from Vatu­koula to Suva to make his stand in supporting non-violence towards women and children. Mr Koroi said that last year
08 Oct 2017 11:00
Farmer Travels from Vatukoula to Suva to Support Man Up
Jalesi Rabakewa (left) and Isimeli Radrodro during ‘Man Up Fiji Campaign Promoting Male Advocacy for the Elimination of Gender Based- Violence’ at Albert Park on October 07, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

A farmer Taito Koroi, 44, trav­elled all the way from Vatu­koula to Suva to make his stand in supporting non-violence towards women and children.

Mr Koroi said that last year they had made a billboard in the com­munity to support the cause.

“That billboard is helping us to be a community free of gender violence and I can proudly say that there are no reports of gender-based violence in the Vatukoula Police station currently.

“Women before were abused by men especially when they got drunk but now we see all that has stopped,” said Mr Koroi.

Women, men and children from particular communities in Fiji came in numbers to support the ‘Man Up Fiji campaign’ that is pro­moting male advocacy for the elim­ination of gender based violence.

This is the First campaign of its kind for Fiji.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Meresei­ni Vuniwaqa said, “The National Women’s machinery in collabora­tion with the Private Sector organ­isations including some of Fiji’s big names in the business sector are reaching out to the men of this country because we need their help.

“We want to end gender inequal­ity and to do this; we need everyone to be involved.”

The event was held at Albert Park and the chief guest was the Presi­dent Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote.

Mr Konrote encouraged men to stand up to stop gender based vio­lence in their communities.

“This campaign aims to encour­age men and boys to develop greater respect and tolerance for our women and our girls and it requires a positive change in how men treat our women within our homes and communities,” he said.

The ambassador for the man up Fiji campaign Ajay Bhai Amrit said that they are trying to get male advocates who will be trained by the Ministry of Women and Children to go out in their vari­ous organisations and prove that you cannot have violence against women and children.

President of the Women’s group in Ra, Rosemary McIndoe came all the way from Rakiraki to support the man up Fiji Campaign.

Ms McIndoe picked up supporters from Nadi too.

Raymond John from Papua New Guinea (PNG) was also part of this campaign along with seven others from PNG.

“This campaign really encourag­es me to be a man and to look after my wife and the kids. Gender based violence is a big issue in PNG and there are regular campaigns host­ed in there to advocate on this is­sue,” said Mr John.

Edited by Mohammed Ali

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