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Gender violence

Aggie Dawainavesi,Suva
Thursday, October 19, 2017

With reference to the feature on "Faith", FT October 17, 2017.

Faith, what you went through is unthinkable and it is unbearable to think that all children and women are vulnerable to what you went through.

I admire your courage and tenacity to turn what can only be described as a nightmare into a testimony.

It is very rare but heartening to see such courage in the face of adversities: gender-based violence (rape of a minor) and an unplanned pregnancy as a consequence.

Thank you for sharing your story and I salute your parents for their steadfast support displayed in this most horrific period of your life.

Faith you are an encouragement to other survivors of gender-based violence to reach out to seek the assistance they need such as medical and psychosocial support.

By documenting your story, we will build more evidence that these ghastly events are prevalent.

I hope this will also urge Government and communities alike to take a preventative and more proactive stance against gender based violence. It is preventable.

If such acts occur during normal times, I can only imagine in times of disasters when our infrastructure and systems are weakened.

It is, therefore, ever so critical to have protection systems in place to ensure that we prevent the occurrence of such atrocious acts especially against women and young girls such as Faith.

Protection is a basic human right and government, NGOs and communities alike share this responsibility.

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