Women must muster the courage to speak up – Dr Naqaravatu

Guests during the Community Launch of the Preventing Violence Against Women in Fiji Faiths Settings Initiative at Wailoku yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

A SENIOR medical officer today highlighted it was mandatory for medical officers to immediately report abuse cases to police.

Speaking at the launch of a faith-based program – Preventing Violence Against Women in Fiji’s Faith Settings (PVAWFFS) initiative at Wailoku today, Dr Joji Naqaravatu said women must muster the courage to be able to speak up, voice their opinion and report to the authorities if they were in an abusive relationship.

The PVAWFFS intiative aims to improve gender equality and prevent violence against women and girls.

The program uses faith-based approaches to encourage gender equality and prevent violence against women and girls that are often accepted as normal – a ‘social norm’ – in Fijian society.

Read the full report in today’s edition of The Sunday Times.

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