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Minister urges women leaders to do something

Frederica Elbourne
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

WOMEN will continued to be vulnerable to HIV for as long as women leaders sit on their hands.

Minister for Women Doctor Jiko Luveni said women in leadership roles must take steps to address the vast inequity and inequality women face.

Speaking at the launch of a report on women with HIV in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, Dr Luveni said if women leaders did not take the necessary steps to tackle the vast injustice and disparity women faced, women would continue to be vulnerable to HIV.

The Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation report, released in Nadi last week during the fourth Women's Ministerial Conference noted costs associated with travelling to clinics was a key barrier to accessing health services.

"This was true for women living in cities and suburban areas, but especially for those who lived in isolated locations," the PIAF findings said.


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