INTERNATIONAL Women's Day is not only a day to celebrate — it's also a time for people to stand in solidarity to show disapproval of all forms of physical and sexual abuse against women.
These were the words of Sera Bogitini, the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre's Northern project officer, during yesterday's celebration organised by the Labasa Women's Forum.
"The special occasion also commemorates the lives of those who have fought so hard to remove discriminatory actions and policies that oppressed women and children," she said.
"Women are continuously and constantly struggling for change at work, home, community, political arena, tradition and customary laws. Now is the time to change.
"The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre is focused on the fight against sexual assault of our women and children."
Sexual assault, Mrs Bogitini said, was closely related to domestic violence.
"It's not an isolated issue that has isolated solutions but rather a public health, human rights, social justice and developmental issue.
"All women deserve to feel safe."