Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Honorable Mereseini Vuniwaqa received a courtesy call from  Ethiopia’s State Minister for Women, Children and Youth, Her Excellency Semegne Wube at the Ministry Conference Room in Suva, this morning.

This visit was organized by the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office in partnership with the UN Women Ethiopia through the South-south learning.

Minister Vuniwaqa briefed Her Excellency Semegne Wube, on the Fijian Government’s commitment in achieving gender equality, promoting equal opportunities for all, including the participation of women and girls in education, leadership, and the overall economic development, and efforts to eliminate gender-based violence.

“This is cemented in the National Development Plan, especially because Gender Equality cuts across all seventeen Sustainable Development Goals and in all areas of development in Fiji”.

Minister Vuniwaqa says that according to a report by the Fiji Women Crisis Centre, 64% of women experience one or more types of violence in their lifetime from their husbands or intimate partner.

She said that working closely with Non-Government Organisation, Civil Society Organisation and Faith Based Organisation have had a huge positive impact on the work of the Ministry in relation to thee empowerment of women.

Minister Vuniwaqa thanked Her
Excellency Semegne Wube and her delegation for visiting her Ministry and for
discussing best practices to address gender inequality and prevention and
responses to violence against women and girls.

H.E. Semegne said that Ethiopia’s key focus areas includes learning to understand the evidence-based practices and approaches to prevention and response to violence against women and girls.

“The development of context appropriate programmes at the community and national levels in order to impact attitude and behavior changes, especially with women and girls of different social and economic backgrounds.

The experiences in setting timelines for implementation of programmes and policies and approaches for developing staff capacity in the areas of gender inequality and violence against women and girls”.

This visit will help to support
learning between Fiji and Ethiopia on best practices to prevention and respond
to violence against women and girls.

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