Government has established the Domestic Violence Act and reforms in the Crimes Act to better address the gaps in addressing gender-based violence and provides for justice for survivors and rehabilitation/punishment of perpetrators.
Speaking at the Workshop on Addressing Domestic Violence and Gender Justice during COVID-19, Minister for Women Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa said that “while the COVID-19 crisis affects everyone, women and girls face specific and often disproportionate economic, health, and social risks due to deeply entrenched inequalities, social norms, and unequal power relations.”
“Government funds the operations of toll-free helplines to make reporting easier and I encourage the use of our Child Helpline 1325 and Domestic Violence Helpline 1560, whereby callers are assisted through a referral system for cases of violence and abuse against women and children,” Minister Vuniwaqa said.
Minister Vuniwaqa added Fiji is the first country in the Pacific and one of the only two countries globally to have a National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against all Women and Girls.
Around 60 participants from different religious groups, members of government and non-government organisations will part-take in the three-day workshop which began