The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence started today with women and women’ movements supporters march in the streets of Suva.

Present at the event are women and men from grassroots communities, non-governmental organizations, church organizations Fiji Women’s Rights Movements and parliamentarians also joined together in solidarity to mark the need for the elimination of Violence against women.

Church leaders play an important role in addressing this issue.

“I support this march because it is a march for society and humanity,”  Archbishop Peter Loy Chong said.

The outgoing British High Commissioner to Fiji, Melanie Hopkins, say that it is powerful to see women  join together to address the issue being highlighted during the march.

Also present at the event is the opposition whip and member of parliament Lynda Tabuya.  She agreed with Shamima Ali that this is one of the largest women’s movement march.

Tabuya added that it is important for women and men to come together and stand up against violence on our women.A total of nine women died this year at the hands of their partner. 

The 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based violence is an annual international campaign that kicked of today,runs until December 10, Human Rights Day.

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