Fiji Prime Minister Launches Domestic Violence Helpline
Bainimarama calls on all Fijian men to respect women
By Mere Naleba
SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, March 8, 2017) – Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has called on all Fijian men to protect and respect women and to join in the fight to end violence against women and children.
While launching the Domestic Violence toll-free helpline, Mr Bainimarama said men should stand up for non-violence and to use every opportunity they have to speak out against domestic violence.
"Let me repeat what I have told Fijian men over and over - real men don't beat women, they respect and protect them. Real men don't rape women. They respect a woman's right to say no. And real men certainly don't abuse children, a heinous crime that warrants the strongest punishment," Mr Bainimarama said.
"I call on our community organisations and religious groups to rally their members against domestic violence."
[PIR editor's note: On March 8, 2017 Fiji Times reported that 'Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has invited all men and women of all ages in Fiji to take concrete steps to accelerate the achievement of gender parity. ... In her statement on the occasion of the International Women's Day 2017 today, Ro Teimumu encouraged all to pause and remember those who played a role with distinction in displaying the strength of women in every aspect of our society, and those who have turned another chapter in our history.' Fiji Times also reported that 'the empowerment of women and girls is the most effective way to achieve higher economic growth and better living standards for our people, says Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr Mahendra Reddy.']]
Women and Children can call toll-free telephone number 1560 to receive assistance.
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