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Call to step up fight against violence

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, November 16, 2012

THE Fiji Women's Crisis Centre is calling for a revolution against all forms of violence against women and girls.

The local thrust of a global campaign —One Billion Rising— is hoping to culminate with the a national strike on February 14 next year in protest against physical, emotional, psychological, institutional and sexual violence against females.

Event organiser, Roshika Deo, said she had hopes of government departments and security agencies joining the campaign thus eliminating the need for special permits to hold the event.

"It is important for people in Fiji to realise the extent of the problem in the country.

"Recent statistics revealed that one in three women in the world will experience violence in one form or another in their lifetime.

"What is even more alarming is studies conducted by the United Nations in 2010 revealed that in Pacific Island countries as much as 85 per cent of the female population has been subjected to violence of some type," she said.

"At this stage we're doing advocacy work around the country to create awareness as we work towards February 14 next year.

"We hope that the state will join in the campaign and the issue of obtaining permits should not become a contentious issue, given what we are campaigning for," Ms Deo said.


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