Fiji Speaker Urges Female MPs To Be Champions Of Change

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Luveni urges Parliamentarians to break silence on domestic violence

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 4, 2015) – Speaker of the Fijian Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni has challenged fellow women MPs to be champions of change and break the silence on domestic violence.

Speaking at the closing event of the Pacific Women Parliamentary Partnership Forum over the weekend, Dr Jiko said the time to act "is now."

She also called on every woman in the region to champion the cause in their respective area of work.

"One thing has come out clear and that is as legislators and representatives of the people, parliamentarians are in a privileged position to make a difference," Dr Jiko said.

"However, this can only be effective if there is meaningful, practical and results oriented engagement with all stakeholders."

The speaker also acknowledged the Australian Government, Australian Federal Parliament and all the State Parliaments of Australia for their support in organizing the event.

She also acknowledged male parliamentarians who were part of the forum especially for their contribution which added much value to discussions.

Over 30 women parliamentarians from the Pacific and 21 from the Australian and New Zealand parliaments attended the forum.

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