Violence in opposition to girls in Fiji are among the many highest on this planet the place 64 per cent of ladies have skilled bodily and sexual violence by a husband or intimate associate of their lifetime, says Minister for Girls, Kids and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar.
Whereas officiating just about on the Pacific Islands Discussion board Girls’s Leaders Digital Assembly media masterclass in Suva she mentioned authorities was dedicated to make sure motion for key world commitments for robust regional gender equality.
“We all know we want extra motion, much less speak on these world guarantees, gender declarations and pledges — and the place does the proof of success lie,” she mentioned.
“Simply final month a research on sexual harassment on feminine journalists revealed that greater than 80 per cent of feminine journalists skilled sexual harassment within the office.”
Ms Akbar mentioned Fiji was the primary Pacific nation and the second globally with Australia to develop a Nationwide Plan to stop violence in opposition to girls and women.
“The motion plan focuses on stopping the prevalent types of violence in opposition to girls and women. The federal government has engaged key sectors within the growth course of, and I acknowledge and recognise the involvement of native media on this course of.
“I might additionally like to stress the significance of gender statistics in coverage growth and the essential position it performs in gender mainstreaming.
“It’s time to step up collaboration, to reimagine engagement and to form the circumstances for an enduring legacy for a peaceable Blue Pacific that’s for all.” She mentioned with the worldwide pandemic and the local weather disaster, the dual impacts of each had been nailing residence the urgency for gender justice.