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Slow progress

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A NATIONAL report on women in Fiji was released yesterday at the Southern Cross Hotel by the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre (FWCC).

The report revealed the prevalence of violence, sexual violence and emotional violence against women by an intimate partner and by a non-intimate partner from a sample population of 3193 individual interviews.

The study sampled 3538 Fijian households, 1671 were urban and the remaining 1867 were rural households.

The report showed that of the sampled population, 64 per cent of women (almost two in three) who have ever been in an intimate relationship experienced physical and/or sexual violence or both by a husband or intimate partner in their lifetime.

"And we haven't improved a lot, the last survey was conducted in 1997 and back then Fiji showed 66 per cent," explained FWCC executive director Shamima Ali.