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Minister highlights steps to prevent violence

Maciu Malo
Monday, April 01, 2013

VIOLENCE encompasses a range of abuses that include sexual violence, physical violence, verbal and emotional abuse and it causes great trauma in the lives of women and children.

These were the words of the Minister for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Doctor Jiko Luveni at an outreach program organised by the Fiji Muslim Women's League during the weekend.

Dr Luveni stressed the four main steps to prevent violence against women and children.

"Through participation, prevention, provision of services and protection, we can actually identify our partners to engage with in the elimination of violence and abuse against women and children," she said.

"Parental skills is one of the major components. Parents must supervise their children and educate and empower them with good family values.

"The ministry has had more than 30 communities with us on this campaign and many more communities have queued up so by the end of this year, we will have more than 60 communities to have joined the Zero Tolerance Violence Free Community Campaign."

Dr Luveni said the ministry worked with other groups like Empower Pacific, the Fiji Police Force and Ministry of Health to ensure violence-free communities.

Fiji Muslim Women's League president Nisha Buksh said it was important for women to know what was happening around them and where they could get help.

"Violence against women and children is the biggest issue right now.

"Women also face a number of social problems and they don't speak out," she said.


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