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Talk women issues

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

TALKING about women's human rights in the church is a challenge, says Joji Cakacaka, a member of the Simeon Mission Anglican Church.

A social worker by profession, he said women's rights were sometimes a subject avoided by religious organisations.

"We hardly talk about women's rights in a church," he said.

"But we need to move away from that and start talking about human rights because it is something that we need to learn and know about.

"Some women in church are being abused and we need to put that to a stop."

Mr Cakacaka said he was grateful the Archbishop of the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia, the Most Reverend Dr Winston Halapua, was one of the first religious leaders in the Pacific to make a stand against women being abused.

He said minority communities also faced similar issues.

"I come from a minority group of Solomon Islanders in Newtown, Suva, and I can admit there are issues that they face every day when it comes to violence against women.

"I try and organise workshops and seminars for these people in order for them to know their rights."

The social worker said minority groups should also be a focus for authorities and that their needs should also be addressed.