FIJI GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS ABUSE OF WOMEN

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (December 8, 1999 – Fiji’s Daily Post)---The government has acknowledged the economic repercussions of violence against women.

Opening a workshop on "Violence Against Women and Children" yesterday in Suva, Dr. Ganesh Chand, the Minister for National Planning, Local Government, Housing and Environment, said government will address the issue.

He outlined the loss of time and energy, a reduction in the levels of productivity and wasted human and physical resources due to violence against women, as factors which can have an economic bearing.

To counter what he says is a gradual increase in the number of reported cases, government needs to improve its data collection and analytical services.

"The lack of data on the incidence and impact of the abuse hampers the accurate estimation of the costs of violence against women," he said.

Outlining the economic implications of the abuse against women, Dr. Chand said gender violence through its effect on women's ability to act in the world, can serve as a brake on socio-economic development.

"Women's contribution to society is enormous. They give their fair share to the economy in terms of productivity," said Dr Chand.

He said ill treatment deprives society of the full participation of women in all aspects of development.

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