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Fight against violence on women, children emphasised at sports event

Violence against women and girls is among the most universal and per­vasive human rights vio­lations, affecting at least a billion women across the globe. These were the words of Assistant
01 Mar 2018 11:00
Fight against violence on women, children emphasised at sports event
Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Veena Bhatnagar at the Island Pacific Apparel Hai’s Autoport Ltd 4th futsal carnival on February 24, 2018, at Nadi Muslim College. Photo: DEPTFO News

Violence against women and girls is among the most universal and per­vasive human rights vio­lations, affecting at least a billion women across the globe.

These were the words of Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Veena Bhatna­gar.

Ms Bhatnagar made these com­ments at a sports event in Nadi, re-emphasising Government’s stand on addressing violence against women and children through its policies and partnerships.

 

The Island Pacific Apparel /Hai’s Autoport [CANADA] Ltd 4th futsal carnival held last Saturday at Nadi Muslim College had a theme on ‘No Family Violence’.

Ms Bhatnagar said that gender-based violence is the most extreme form of the global and systemic inequality experienced by women and girls.

“We must all stand up against abusive behaviour and have a role to play in ending violence against women and to play our part in protecting women and girls from discrimination and violence,” she said.

Ms Bhatnagar acknowledged the tournaments stakeholders for or­ganising an event with a theme targeted at eradicating family vio­lence from all sectors.

The assistant minister stressed the importance of eliminating vio­lence against women and said that Fiji cannot afford to let another generation grow up thinking vio­lence against women is a norm.

She said this was a matter of shame and disgrace that violence against women was reported in such high numbers in Fiji.

The event was aimed at raising funds to cover sports expenses for students of Nadi Muslim College

Source: DEPTFO

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