From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your November 25 briefing

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Bula everyone

Here some stories that made the headlines in The Fiji Times edition for Thursday,  November 25.

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The big story on page 1 is about:

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali has called on Fijians to take note of the “startling” child sexual abuse cases reported this year and the number of brutal deaths that had occurred as a result of domestic violence. “Do not be a spectator, stop being a bystander, and report domestic violence and sexual abuse when you see it,” she said in a strong message issued at the launch of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. Ms Ali said 39 women had lost their lives through domestic violence over the past eight years, “murdered” by their husbands and partners.

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  •  NEW Zealand has pledged NZD$40 million in budget support to the Fijian Government.
  • NAVOSA Hospital should expect a boost in its manpower next year, says Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

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  • THE role of the military during the COVID-19 pandemic in Fiji “explains the continuing democratic fragility” in the country, says the International Institute for Democracy & Electoral Assistance (IDEA).

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  • SOCIAL Welfare director Rupeni Fatiaki says the elderly in Fijian society are quite often victims of lack of coordination.
  • THE Education Ministry is in the process of recruiting teachers for early childhood education (ECE), special and inclusive, primary and secondary schools.

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  • THERE were 5610 counseling services conducted by Fiji Women Crisis centre (FWCC) in regards to domestic violence from January to October this year.
  • THERE were 122 cases of child sexual abuse recorded by Fiji Women Crisis Centre between January and October this year.
  • A 21-YEAR-OLD mother of a one-year-old child was murdered by her partner this year – a sad indictment of the domestic violence crisis in the country, says Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali.
  • VIOLENCE against women in Fiji will never be addressed if our leaders and the media shoot down women whenever they speak out about the issues that affect them.
  • ONE in five women in Fiji faces sexual harassment in the workplace.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR/LEADER

Readers have their say on issues they can relate to and feel strongly about.

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The leader is about 16 days of activism… read about this on Page 8.

PEOPLE

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This section is about people and their hopes and aspirations and the challenges they faced to get to where they are today.

BACKTRACKS

The musical journey continues.

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SPORTS

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The big one on the back page is about rugby union. Read about: GOOD news for Fiji rugby fans, who are looking forward to the Dubai 7s this weekend. Fiji Television Ltd, through its free to-air channel, Fiji One, will carry live telecasts of the two-day event. Fiji TV general manager Sitiveni Halofaki said fans could expect full coverage and same day replay to enjoy watching the annual event. The Fiji men’s and the Fijiana 7s teams are part of the Dubai 7s. “This is one of our premium products of international contents that we have,” Halofaki said.

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