Fijian
women are making significant and critical contributions as key front-line
responders as many women doctors, nurses, lab workers, midwives, social
workers, hospital cleaners, market vendors, food producers, farmers and primary
care givers at home.

Minister
for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa said 63% of
health workers and 85% of market vendors in Fiji are women.

“This
places them at increased risk and exposure to infection. We can stay home safe,
knowing that we can count on them.”

To
help these women, Government through the Ministry has set up the Gender Based
Violence Working Group and the COVID-19 Response Gender Working Group
to undertake a rapid internal gender analysis on the impact of COVID-19 on all
Fijian women and girls.

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