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Men to help reduce violence against women: Akbar

April 12, 2015 6:09 am

Men have an important role to play as strong and responsible advocates for helping the reduction violence against women, says the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar.

Akbar reiterated this while officially closing the fifth Fiji Women’s Forum held at Holiday Inn in Suva yesterday.

She stated that committed male leaders and their support are important in achieving gender equality.

“Our very own Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama stated in Kadavu early last year that the reported “high levels of violence against women is a national shame. This is the kind of leadership we need at all levels of governance, from Parliament, to the machinery of government, to the Private Sector and within communities.”

The three-day forum looked at developing strategies to ensure effective participation of women into local governance.