Man Up Campaign launched
October 4, 2017 12:42 am
Seventy- two percent of all Fijian women have faced some form of violence in their lifetime while ninety- five percent of all violent crimes are committed by men.
With these disturbing statistics, the Ministry of Women is now involving men in the fight against gender based violence.
Television presenter Ajay Bhai Amrit who is taking the lead role to advocate on violence against women is calling on men to join the fight.
“Because the issue is so rampant and the perpetrators are so widespread we have to start somewhere as they exist in all social structures of the society. What I have learnt is that this is not a poor mens problem is not a rich mens problem is not a political problem, and it is not a problem of race, it is a problem in the society.”
A campaign called “ Man Up” has been launched to eradicate violence from our homes, community and our nation.
A march has also been organized this Saturday and call has been made for men to join the national effort to eradicate violence from our homes.
Meanwhile Fijians have been urged to call on national child helpline 1325 and domestic violence helpline 1560 and to report any forms of violence.