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Women learn of violations

Luke Rawalai
Monday, September 01, 2014

AS many as seven in 10 women around the world report having experienced inequality and systemic gender-based discrimination.

Speaking to members of the Fiji Catholic Women's League, Divisional Crime Officer North Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police Salaseini Vakatuturagani described violation as a phenomenon that affected all societies taking many gruesome forms like sexual harassment, female genital mutilation and forced marriage to honour killings.

Ms Vakatuturagani said violation against women was the most widespread human rights violation of this age.

She said more needed to be done to the injustice committed against women and children.

"We have to do extra than what we are currently doing to end these abuses and the impunity that allows these human rights violence to continue," she says.

"Violence against women is a global phenomenon and this is one of the top priorities in the Fiji Police Force.

"We all understand and we can all agree that the time for complacency is long gone, has passed and belongs to another era."

Ms Vakatuturagani said violence against women was an extreme manifestation of gender inequality and systemic gender-based discrimination.

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