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Prasad joins forces with centre

Torika Tokalau
Saturday, March 15, 2014

FIJI-born Miss Diversity International 2013 Sheyleen Prasad has embarked on a campaign to spread awareness of campaign to stop violence against women in New Zealand.

The 20-year-old was crowned Miss Diversity International 2013 when she represented Miss Fiji South Auckland in November last year in Auckland.

She has joined forces with the Auckland's Women Centre to make women aware of where and how to get help if they're abused.

"Women need empowerment regarding violence and that any form of abuse towards them should not be tolerated," Ms Prasad said.

As she works with the women of New Zealand, she also has a message for the women in Fiji.

"Women in Fiji should not be afraid to speak up and never be frightened of moving on in life. It is better to get help than sit at home and get beaten up.

"Women should also learn the meaning of love because love portrays care, trust and unconditional affection.

But in a violent relationship you will feel frightened, feel as though you cannot be yourselves because your actions, thoughts and choices are determined by the person controlling them."

Ms Prasad said every woman should feel safe and nurtured.

"Since I am spreading awareness in New Zealand, I think it is a wonderful idea to spread the same awareness in Fiji because I know how it is like in Fiji and how a lot of women do not do anything about it."

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