THE Fiji Women's Crisis Centre (FWCC) will host the International Women's Day with a new initiative today.
For the first time ever, 'Reclaim the Night' marches will also be held outside Suva with the theme of 'Empowering rural women to end hunger and poverty'.
"It is a positive thing that many women are now exercising their rights but there are still thousands of women who don't have access to justice, especially in rural areas," FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali said.
Events will be held at all Fiji Women's Crisis Centres across the country, including the launch of a progress report on violence against women in Melanesia in Suva.
Australia's Global Ambassador for women and girls Penny Williams will launch the publication 'Violence against Women in Melanesia and East Timor - Progress made since the 2008 ODE Report' at the FWCC headquarters this morning.
At midday, FWCC deputy co-ordinator Edwina Kotoisuva will speak to members of the Red Rock rugby club at Albert Park to raise awareness on the prevalence of violence against women and how sports people can help eliminate the problem.