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Call for family support

Salaseini Vosamana
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

MINISTER for Women Doctor Jiko Luveni believes family support to help mothers take care of their little ones is important.

Commenting on cases of children's lives being lost because of lack of parental supervision, Dr Luveni said families must support women at home by offering to look after children if the mothers were busy.

However, the minister also pleaded with working women to take extra care to ensure their children's safety at home.

On the deaths of two children as the result of a fire on Taveuni last week, Dr Luveni said common sense should have prevailed.

"There have been numerous warnings and advice from the authorities but the onus is on us to take full responsibility of our children and see that they are safe.

"All we can do now is counsel women more on their roles and responsibilities in their homes."

Fiji Women's Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali made similar comments stressing the need for the community to support parents, particularly housewives.

She said while negligence on the part of any parent was an issue not tolerated, it was only proper for the community to show support in the absence of any adult or guardian in a home.

"We understand that negligence is something that is not tolerated but most women have a lot of responsibilities they have to fulfil in their homes," she said.

"Women are always staying at home looking after their children, doing daily chores and other activities.

"They also need to live a life of their own and people can at least fill in that gap and offer their help to look after her children while she takes a break."

Ms Ali said traditional mechanisms of taking care of one another in a village, community or settlement must be strengthened.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said investigations into the Taveuni fire had been completed and a file was with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Office.


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