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Tackling abuse

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Saturday, August 09, 2014

PHYSICAL abuse, sexual abuse, child neglect and teenage pregnancy are some of the main forms of abuse that women and children on Vanua Levu face.

Vanua Levu community-based rehabilitation officer Meciusela Noa revealed these were some of the main concerns in the three provinces of Bua, Cakaudrove and Macuata that they hoped to tackle.

He believes the Women and Children's Summit, being held as part of the National Women's Expo, provides them with a great opportunity to learn new ideas to tackle this problem.

"The rights of the children, parenting and abuse and violence in our communities are some of the main areas we lack knowledge on," Mr Noa said.

"Its really happening in villages and communities and we are concerned.

"We have mapped out work plans for our communities to tackle the problem as well as involve all stakeholders so that women and children are protected from the suffering."

He believed children were gifts from god and they hoped that something was done by the end of this year.

"For us in Vanua Levu, we will target all areas in the three provinces so we want all these programs to be done and we have a certain work plan and we will work with welfare officers.

"This summit is a real eye-opener and we have also learnt that the development of a child is very important and most communities are not aware of the many decrees in place which are of great importance in understanding issues of women and children."

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