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March against violence

Dawn Gibson
Thursday, February 14, 2013

IN an attempt to heighten awareness and rid the culture of violence against women in society, the One Billion Rising Fiji campaign will commence today.

The campaign is a global event aimed at getting women and men from around the country to work together towards reducing instances of violence against women through awareness.

Given recent police reports, there have been more than 100 cases of rape and sexual abuse injustices against women this year alone.

A statement issued by one of the organisers of the One Billion Rising initiative, Fiji Women's Rights Movement (FWRM) said two of these reported cases were in fact gang rape cases.

"FWRM supports the One Billion Rising Fiji campaign because it is appalled at the statistics of rape in Fiji," said FWRM's executive director Virisila Buadromo.

"Since the beginning of this year, we have had two gang rapes and only last week a nine-month-old child was raped," Ms Buadromo said.

The statement also revealed statistics issued from the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre (FWCC) pertaining to this issue.

"A national survey of women in Fiji has found that more than three in five (64 per cent of women) who had ever been in a relationship have experienced physical or sexual violence or both by a husband or intimate partner," the statement read.

In order to bring these statistics to the attention of the public, FWRM has organised a procession to gather at Gordon Street today at 11.30am and march to the Sukuna Park.

This will be followed by a flash mob at TappooCity and again at the MHCC Complex at 5.30pm.