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Press for progress

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu
Thursday, March 08, 2018

THE global theme for this year's International Women's Day "Press for Progress" should inspire and motivate every individual of the need to change our attitude towards our mothers and sisters who are the pillars of strength in our community.

For too long women and girls have suffered at the hands of perpetrators either through domestic violence or physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse.

I believe this has to stop and it is imperative that we change our mind-set and join hands to salute our mothers and women who have struggled to nurture us and shape individual lives, homes, communities, societies and the nation as a whole, as women deserve a better and safer Fiji.

Organisations and offices will get together to commemorate Women's Day and reward their female colleagues with gifts and cakes.

However, the importance of the roles that women play should be celebrated daily and their efforts must be recognised and rewarded.

I am glad that Fiji's No. 1 newspaper The Fiji Times has taken the lead role in promoting women's rights, their activities, achievements and values of success.

Yesterday's The Fiji Times reported that bullying and abuse topped the Fiji Women's Rights Movement workshop held at USP.

The FWRM will also host an event to showcase what women's rights are all about. My best wishes to the organisers of the event.

The media plays an important role in raising awareness about gender equality and I salute The Fiji Times for this.

There are women ambassadors who have made our country proud.

They advocate on social, gender and climate issues.

Then there are those who fly Fiji's flag via sports and bring us glory.

There are those women who are the architects of our society working in the white collar, agriculture and garment sector.

Furthermore, I thank the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre and the Women's Ministry for being at the forefront and leading the charge to addressing the needs of women.

We must work together to eliminate violence against women and gender stereotyping.

Let's ensure that women are empowered to equitable and meaningful participation as decision makers.

Happy Women's Day to my women colleagues, mothers and sisters!

I thank God for blessing me with a wonderful mother!

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