72 percent of Fijian women have experienced violence in their lifetime from their husbands and intimate partners.

This was revealed by the Minister for Women,Children and Poverty Alleviation while opening the Gender, Violence Against Women and Human Rights training workshop for ministerial staff in Sigatoka yesterday.

The training workshop is facilitated by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Center, to increase knowledge and better understanding of violence against women and children as well as to understand power relations and its link to violence against women and children.

Participants will be able to develop skills in recognizing and responding sensitively to women and children while also developing strategies and plans to promote gender equality and the elimination of violence against women, girls and children.

Vuniwaqa stated that this training will equip officers of the ministry with a clearer understanding of the dynamics behind gender-based violence.
She said it prepares them to be sensitive of the variations of violence that are presented in cases that the officers deal with on a daily basis at work and even at home.

She said that she had wanted this training for all her staff because gender is a cross cutting issue and individuals who are caseworkers and interact with children on a daily basis needs to be fully gender sensitized to understand the issues these individuals better and provide proper redress to their problems.

 

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