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Fiji employees undertake violence survey

March 27, 2019 12:50 pm

Fiji will later this year be able to learn how domestic and sexual violence affects our workforce.

The International Finance Corporation is undertaking a survey of employees at some companies in Fiji and results are expected by mid-year.

This follows the release of a new study in Solomon Islands, where it has been found that employees lose more than two working weeks a year due to domestic and sexual violence.

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One in three employees also experienced violence in the past 12 months.

The study, of more than 1, 200 employees working for companies in Solomon Islands, was undertaken by IFC, the International Finance Corporation, with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SICCI.

The study shows that stress and physical effects of domestic and sexual violence follows people to work.

More than 80 percent of people who’d experienced violence reported at least one negative impact on their work, most often making it difficult to get to work, stay at work or impacting how they felt at work.

These impacts included feeling anxious, depressed or ashamed at work, and feeling unsafe.

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