Wives ask for help

Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Sashi Kiran speaks during the launch of the Economic Empowerment of Fiji Women and Girls Survey.Picture:ATU RASEA

SOME wives and partners of Fijian workers in the Pacific Labour Scheme are reaching out to the Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Ministry for assistance.

Assistant Minister Sashi Kiran, said they have had conversations with the scheme representatives to see how these concerns could be mitigated.

Some of the women had taken to social media to voice their concerns, worried they would not be able to take care of their children without the assistance of their partners.

“We know the problems, some have been reaching out for welfare assistance,” Ms Kiran said.

“But any women in trouble whether you’re part of that scheme, or any scheme, if you think you’re in pain or in danger and emotional trauma, please reach out for help.

“It’s a huge problem and a challenge that these women are going through and some have come to the ministry to be assisted.”

Ms Kiran said some women had not reached out because of the fear of stigma and not being heard by relevant authorities. She, however, assured women who were part of a few International Women’s Day celebrations in the West and North, that the implementation of the National Action Plan on Violence Against Women could be the answer to domestic violence. “But just ask for help.

“And hopefully we can support you through it in a way that is amicable and workable for you.”

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