Fiji: One of the Highest Statistics in the World on Domestic Violence
Fiji has one of the highest statistics in the world on domestic violence and this has pushed Fiji as a nation – to address domestic violence as a matter of national importance across all sectors.
Addressing domestic violence and child abuse were one of the key topics discussed at the Fiji College of General Practitioners Annual Conference.
72 per cent of all Fijian women have faced some form of violence in their lifetime.
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation – Mereseini Vuniwaqa – said women’s health problems are further compounded by aging, violation of reproductive health rights, and Female Genital Mutilation, which luckily is not a big problem in our country.
The UN High Commissioner on Humarn Rights in a recent visit – said the high rate of violence against women remains one of the biggest human rights problems in Fijian society – in spite of important steps taken by the Government to combat it, including through the establishment of a national helpline on domestic violence.
Fiji has scored 0.97 in the Health and Survival scorecard of the Global Gender Gap Index.