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Fiji reaches out to PNG

Nasik Swami
Thursday, May 16, 2013

FIJI has joined the fight to stop sorcery-related murder and torture of women and girls in Papua New Guinea.

The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre yesterday presented a petition to the PNG High Commission in Suva calling for the PNG Government to take drastic measures.

Centre director Shamima Ali said the petition was in solidarity with the women and girls of PNG and aligning the centre with what was taking place in PNG against all the sorcery-related murders.

"So with some citizens also here, we are asking the PNG Government for urgent action and keeping in mind all the international and regional treaties on gender and agreements."

Ms Ali said the impact of what was happening in PNG would be felt in Fiji if it remained unchecked given the high rates of violence in Fiji and the Pacific.

"Fiji can help because Fiji is chair of the MSG at the moment so they can persuade the PNG Government to do something because the Fiji Government is promoting gender equality."

She also urged that citizens of Fiji should be more outward looking and see the Pacific as home and support women who faced violence and discrimination.

The first secretary at the PNG High Commission in Suva, Hera Kevau, confirmed that the petition was delivered to the commission yesterday.


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