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16 days of activism

Samantha Rina
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

ABOUT 400 women will march through Suva tomorrow morning to mark the official opening of the 16 Days Activism on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children.

The event, which will be held from November 25 to Decemvber 10, is a collaboration between the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation and women non-government organisations.

Ministry media officer Anshoo Chandra said the official launch would be held at the Suva City Council foreshore after the march with a theme of "Reparation, Healing and Reconciliation".

"This marks the official opening of the 16 days of campaign. The ministry has also organised poem competitions, best booth competition and best street banner competition," she said.

Women NGOs will also display their products at the SCC foreshore. Other educational and entertainment programs have been organised for the day.

"No single society is immune to domestic violence and there needs to be a concerted effort between the government, Police, women NGO's, faith-based organisations and society working together as one element to eliminate all forms of violence in our society," said Ms Chandra.

She added it was for this reason they had partnered with women NGO's and corporate entities to emphasise the need for a collaborative approach to addressing violence in our society.

The 16-day activism campaign is a strategy used globally to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and children.





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