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Spotlight on women

Salaseini Moceiwai
Saturday, August 30, 2014

WOMEN'S needs should be recognised, villagers of Kia Island in Macuata have been informed.

At a recent Fiji Red Cross Gender Equality-workshop held on the island, the organisation's Seaqaqa branch volunteer, Joseva Ravula told the participants that the needs of women and girls often remained invisible.

"As a result, their needs are unmet because existing planning processes and frameworks are not necessarily attuned to the realities of their lives," Mr Ravula said.

"Seventy per cent of women in the country have experienced either physical or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. Gender-based violence is the Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian mandate that aims to prevent and alleviate human suffering without discrimination.

"Red Cross' focus on gender-based violence inclusiveness in emergencies is required to ensure that men and women's specific needs and vulnerabilities are recognised and addressed."

Mr Ravula added it was only fitting for women to be recognised and treated equally.

"Women have the potential to become good decision-makers and leaders of society."





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