Solidarity in battling domestic violence: Bhatnagar

Workshop participants at the Pearl Resort. Picture: SUPPLIED

Workshop participants at the Pearl Resort. Picture: SUPPLIED

Update: 3:07PM VIOLENCE against women and girls is a widespread and systematic violation of fundamental human rights and an enduring form of gender-based discrimination.

Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Veena Bhatnagar highlighted this while officiating at the National Elimination of Violence against Women and Children Coordination and Planning Meeting this morning at the Pearl Resort in Pacific Harbour.

Ms Bhatnagar said the meeting provided a platform and way forward in addressing gender-based violence in Fiji.

“To battle domestic violence in Fiji requires a coordinated effort and partnership with various Government ministries and department, non-government organisations and community, in particular working to address the issue of violence against women and children through public awareness and training,” Ms Bhatnagar said.

“To make the change needed in Fiji will involve strengthened family values and norms, positive parenting, pre-marital counseling, goodwill ambassadorship program and nurturing discipline in all our children. This all can be done and needs all of us to work in solidarity to battle domestic violence,” she said.

She added in order to make a visible change, people must learn to view the world through a social capital lens.

“We need to work cohesively to engage in public discourse about what is the common good, building alliances which work together to identify issues and agree on ways of introducing solution towards change and justice.”