New shelter proposed to house victims of violence

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar. Picture: FT FILE

A SHELTER for women is being built in the Western Division for the protection and support of women in the society who are victims of violence.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar will officiate at the ground breaking ceremony for this project on Friday in Lautoka.

“The establishment of the shelter will allow Fiji to be in compliance with the nation’s obligation under the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women,” said Ms Akbar said.

She said 64 per cent of Fijian women experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence in their life time.

Ms Akbar also welcomed two South-West Pacific leaders from Soroptimist International.

She said this project started in 2016 after Soroptimist International (Fiji) approached the ministry to propose the building of shelters for the protection of women who were victims of violence around Fiji.

“The cost of each home is approximately $170,000 when completed and once complete, this new facility will benefit women by providing them a safe and secure environment,” said Ms Akbar.

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