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FWRM launches Access to Justice annexes

October 7, 2018 6:55 pm

Women and girls are the victims or survivors in nine out of 10 cases reported to the Fiji Police in all categories of Sexual Offence cases.

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement has launched four annex publications as part of the “Balancing the Scales: Improving Fijian Women’s Access to Justice” research funded by the European Union and UN Women.

FWRM Executive Director Nalini Singh says the newly released annexes contain in-depth analysis of data from the Fiji Courts, Office of the Director of the Public Prosecution (ODPP), Fiji Police Force and the Legal Aid Commission.

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This includes data on family law and violence against women and children cases from the years 2006 to 2017.

Singh says statistics from the 2017 High Court analysis indicate that of total rape cases, 47 per cent were girl-child sexual abuse cases and the remaining 53 per cent involved adult women as the survivor, or victim.

98 percent of these rape cases were by Men.

She say it’s alarming to note that children make up a significant portion of the statistics.

In the High Court analysis last year, the victim/survivor in two cases were one-year-old babies.

Singh says there is an urgent need for attitudinal change, particularly on how women and girls are perceived in our society.

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