No place for violence

THERE is a need to educate our young ones that violence generally is unacceptable as a means to resolve conflicts, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

In his official address at the Pacific Women Parliamentary Partnership Forum, Mr Bainimarama said violence was a crisis that must be confronted.

“At Government level, we have zero-tolerance for domestic violence in Fiji whether it is men beating women, women attacking men or even parents hitting their children,” he said.

“This is not acceptable, full stop. We have given instructions to all the instruments of State that the perpetrators of domestic violence are to be subject to the full force of the law.

“For too long, Fijian society, in common with other Pacific societies, has turned a blind eye to what goes on in the privacy of people’s homes and even worse, we have tolerated and encouraged a culture in which spouses or parents are entitled to use violence to resolve disputes or bring supposedly errant family members into line. There is no excuse for our men to treat women badly and while we know that some women can also be capable of violence in a family setting, the overwhelming majority cases involve violence by men against women.

“Among other things, we need to do a lot more in our schools to educate our young people that violence generally is unacceptable as a means to resolve conflict in the home and anywhere else.”

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