The Fijian government will keep working with all relevant stakeholders towards a society free from violence.
This was highlighted by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa to the participants of the Domestic Violence and Gender Justice during COVID-19 workshop in Lautoka today.
Minister Vuniwaqa emphasised that violence against women, girls and children is preventable and every Fijian can play a part in its prevention.
“Violence against women and girls starts with disrespectful behaviour and discriminatory attitudes and we have to change it,” Minister Vuniwaqa said.
“By recognising, calling out and preventing these attitudes, we can all play a role in stopping it before it starts.”
The Fijian Government has also established the Domestic Violence Act and reforms in the Crimes Act to address the gaps in addressing gender-based violence and provides for justice for survivors and rehabilitation/punishment of perpetrators.