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Standing by women

Luke Rawalai
Monday, February 25, 2013

THE Cakaudrove Provincial Council will begin village visitations for an awareness campaign on the protection of women and children.

Acting roko tui Cakaudrove Sara Bulutani confirmed that villages within the province still needed more awareness on this pressing issue, particularly in light of recent reports of sexual violence against women and children.

"This is also a platform where we will address the increasing incidents of rapes and the need to respect our women folk and children," said Mr Bulutani.

"The provincial council office of Cakaudrove is aware of this increasing social evil and there is a real need to address these issues before it boils out of proportion."

Mr Bulutani said they would dispatch teams from the office to hold awareness programs in villages within the districts.

"We believe that this is a recurring problem since people are still not properly informed at the grassroots level," he said.

The province of Cakaudrove, has over the past two years, reported sexual related cases resulting in the impregnation of young girls.

This year, the province has also recorded two major cases of alleged rape.

The provincial office has also worked with villagers in protecting young girls and women.