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Accepting children's rights

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

CHILDREN are also covered under the Conventions of the Human Rights and people need to realise this, says Fiji Women's Crisis Centre's project officer Sera Bogitini.

She said people around the country failed to fully embrace children's rights because they did not realise that children were also human beings.

Speaking at a workshop at Korovuli Village in Seaqaqa yesterday, Mrs Bogitini said the centre targeted students in the village because most of them would still be around in the first few weeks of the school break.

"The indication had come from the village that they needed workshops organised for their children and parents in the village and we responded to these interests," she said.

"It is very important for children to live a violence-free life as this will surely affect them a lot when they grow up. We had a workshop at the village with the primary and secondary school students and it's a good thing to start their holidays with."

Mrs Bogitini said 80 per cent of the offenders in abusive cases were known to their victims and offences were often committed by those in positions of trust, therefore children need to know the limits of access that people had on them.

"More than 60 students attended the workshop and they learnt of their rights with the roles that they need to play in order for their rights to be fully recognised."