THE Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Jiko Luveni, says Fiji is working towards making itself a safer place for women and children.
In a speech to the United Nations 57th Commission on the Status of Women, Dr Luveni said this was made possible through partnerships between the police and members of the community.
"Fiji is now working with communities and the police to end violence against women and girls through the Zero Tolerance Violence Free Communities program," Dr Luveni said in a statement.
She said the violence free communities program carried out around the country provided men in involved communities with anger management sessions and behaviour change program for women and child abusers.
Dr Luveni said steps were being taken to address the root causes of violence against women and girls and that Fiji had created legal and legislative frameworks to address the issue.
Following her speech, the minister pledged the support of the Fijian delegation to work with the UN Commission towards the goal of eliminating violence against women and girls.