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Religious Groups Moral Duty To Improve Human Condition, Says Anglican Church’s Vicar General

“My only worry is that though people are listening, will they actually implement these teachings in their lives”
07 Jul 2019 14:24
Religious Groups Moral Duty To Improve Human Condition, Says Anglican Church’s Vicar General
Reverend Orisi Vuki (fourth from left) with representatives from the House of Sarah, Ministry of Women and the Fiji Police Force at the Bishop Kempthorne Memorial School yesterday. Photo: Neelam Prasad

Faith-based groups have a crucial role to play in shaping the perception of gender roles in the country says Anglican Church’s Vicar General, Reverend Orisi Vuki.

While addressing a community outreach programme yesterday Reverend Vuki said faith-based organisations could challenge attitudes and behaviour to eliminate domestic violence in all its forms.

The programme at the Bishop Kempthorne Memorial School in Newtown, Nasinu, ‘Preventing Violence Against Women in Fiji’s Faith Settings’ is an initiative by House of Sarah.

“There is no place for violence in the coumminity and among the faifthful,” Reverend Vuki said.

He said it was up to faith-based leaders, community members and partners to advance the recognition of power dynamics and relationships within communities to bring positive changes in homes.

Reverend Vuki also emphasised that it was imperative to ensure that men; young and old alike, were also part of the dialogue to end domestic violence.

“My only worry is that though people are listening, will they actually implement these teachings in their lives,” he said.

He added the initiative by House of Sarah was a good start because it worked directly with individuals and communities.

“We need to stop violence from being accepted as a normal part of life,” Reverend Vuki said.

“We need to build and strengthen communities based on justice, peace and dignity.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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