ELIMINATING child sexual abuse is one of two priorities the province of Cakaudrove will maximise its awareness on next year.
Speaking at the Cakaudrove Provincial Council meeting last week, Soqosoqo Vakamarama Cakaudrove president Dimitimiti Lewenilovo said there was a need to address issues relating to the safety and security of women and children.
Mrs Lewenilovo said the women's group was continuously campaigning for issues that helped reduce the abuse of women and children and added that there was more to be done to reach people in rural and remote areas within the province.
"Cakaudrove is a vast province and areas are still left to be covered in relation to the awareness campaigns," said Mrs Lewenilovo.
"Abuse of women and children is real and we need to address it from the grassroots level.
"We have been successfully running programs this year and we aim to maximise coverage in rural areas within the province next year because we feel people in the rural areas still lag behind when it comes to addressing women and children's issues."
She said 99 per cent of the awareness programs this year were effective.
"We continue to thank the Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu and the district representatives of Cakaudrove for supporting the Cakaudrove Soqosoqo Vakamarama group and for realising the need to address such issues," she said.