More to be done to address violence in emergency situations: Luveni

Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni. Picture: FT FILE

MORE needs to be done to address the issue of violence arising out of emergency situations.

These were the sentiments shared by Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni while addressing member states of the United Nations (UN) last week on gender-based violence in emergencies in Asia and the Pacific Region.

In her statement, Dr Luveni said the making of professional educational videos to empower and inform women and youth about sexual reproductive health (SRH) was critical because it had proven to be a popular and effective medium.

“The SRH specialised video should be taken by trained members of NGO’s to organise “talanoa session” in which trainer’s encourage a questions and answer session after viewing. The objective of the video program should be very clear and can be shown on TV,” Dr Luveni said.

While referring to the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston said that such emergency situations had strong implications on gender-based violence with the trend continuing.

“Fiji is made up of more than 115 inhabited islands and access to these islands is a huge challenge particularly in emergency situations where urgent humanitarian actions are needed.

“Food is obtained from plantations and the sea and cyclones destroy these resources and people could be left without food and water for days before assistance reaches them.”

Dr Luveni was invited by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) in her capacity as Fiji’s Speaker of Parliament.

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