Strengthened collaboration between Fiji and the Republic of Indonesia will enable information sharing and resources in terms of eliminating violence against women and children.
This was highlighted during the official visit to the Jakarta Women’s Crisis Centre in Indonesia on Tuesday this week by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar.
Speaking at this meeting, Minister Akbar said that a consolidated effort is needed to address domestic violence in developing countries.
“We thank you for this opportunity to share information on some of your best practices and experiences in addressing issues like domestic violence. In Fiji, research shows that 64 percent of women have experienced physical or sexual violence by a husband or intimate partner.
“In recent years, Fiji has enforced important laws like the Domestic Violence Decree, Child Welfare Decree and Crimes Decree that safeguards and protects women and children against issues of violence and abuse.
“The Ministry is also working with Fiji Police to develop a Memorandum of Understanding to intensify efforts to eliminate violence against women and children. Apart from conducting community awareness programs, the Ministry also provides skills training and income generating opportunities for women. Socioeconomic empowerment and leadership development of women is also one of the key strategies in addressing domestic violence,” Minister Akbar reiterated.
Minister Akbar said that the Ministry has also received increased budget over the years to carry out its role.
The Fijian Minister for Women also took the opportunity to explain about some of the significant plans and programs of the Fijian Government to safeguard the rights and interests of women. These are:
- The Ministry in partnership with Non-Government Organisations plans to build a Safe House for victims of domestic violence. Currently, Fiji doesn’t have any safe houses for women and children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse. Minister Akbar said this facility would provide accommodation and counselling services for victims of violence to find their strength to live a empowered life.
- Male Advocacy Awareness Programs are conducted in partnership with women NGO’s
- Repeated messaging through media campaign, television and radio advertisements to disseminate information.
- Implementation of Fiji’s National Gender Policy
- Networking with partners both locally and internationally to expand reach out and opportunities for women and children.