Akbar recollects horrific night
14 January, 2020, 9:42 am
Education, Heritage and Arts Minister Rosy Akbar said she and her siblings had been scarred by domestic violence as they grew up.
Ms Akbar shared the story of her experiences with violence while she was growing up at a ministerial press conference on Fiji’s National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls in Suva yesterday.
“As I recollect the horrific night of the last week of school in December 1984, I was a frightened 14-year-old surrounded by my two older brothers and my younger sister who was just three years old,” she said.
She said they watched helplessly as their nine-month pregnant mother was beaten up and thrown out of the family home.
She said after seeing her mother spend 20 years being ill-treated, she finally decided that night that she had enough.
“Scarred so deeply that even ’til this day, I have not forgotten the trauma of that experience and I feel compelled to speak openly about it in an aim to create awareness on the issue of gender-based and domestic violence.”
Ms Akbar said she believed that no one should be subjected to what they went through.
“No one should feel unsafe in their home, but what hurts the most today is that our story, our mother’s story is not unique,” she said.