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Empowerment is key to ending domestic violence

July 10, 2016 5:26 am

Womens’ Minister Rosie Akbar believes empowering women is the best means of putting an end to domestic violence.

Akbar, while speaking at a public seminar yesterday highlighted that many women choose to stay in abusive relationships because they lack the confidence and support to leave their partner.

The minister adds that 62% of women in Fiji have suffered intimate partner violence and in many instances, they are dependent on their abusers.

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“We believe that empowering women, making them financially independent gives them a voice – a stand. This will assist us as a country to fight gender inequality which I believe is a cause of domestic violence.”

The womens’ ministry runs a number of community based projects imparting life skills to women, it also hosts an annual womens’ expo and promotes participation in small and micro businesses.

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