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IFC training to help address gender-based violence

March 4, 2021 12:14 pm

To address the increasing cases of gender-based violence during COVID-19, companies will be undergoing training.

The training will be done by the International Finance Corporation.

An IFC survey last year found two-thirds of businesses believe domestic and sexual violence cases have increased due to the pandemic.

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The training is targeted at professionals in human resources and business consulting services.

IFC Resident Representative for Fiji, Deva De Silva, says while many cases of gender-based violence go unreported, there are indications of a significant increase since the onset of COVID-19.

De Silva adds there were 527 calls to the national domestic violence helpline in April last year, a significant rise from 87 calls in February and 187 calls in March of the same year.

IFC says even before the outbreak of COVID-19, gender-based violence affected two in three women in Fiji.

The first training will take place in Suva from April 12.

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