Vuniwaqa highlights importance of Gender policies
February 5, 2019 8:11 am
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa yesterday officiated at the Best Practice workshop for Police Response to Domestic Violence in Sigatoka.
The workshop theme was understanding the Law, Practice and using a Survivor-Centered Approach.
The training is envisioned to contribute to a wider understanding on the legislation that deals with domestic violence, an area that the Fiji Police Force is dealing with in their daily work.
The role of the police in cases of domestic violence and abuse is crucial.
Vuniwaqa reminded the participants that they were at the frontline of the criminal justice system and are often called to intervene in acts of violence.
The Minister noted that they work with victims, offenders, witnesses and various forms of evidence means that their attitude and response can have a dramatic impact on progress of these cases.
She adds that the Fijian Government in its pledge to eliminate violence against women has made commitments at various levels to help change the way Fijian women are treated.
In addition, she highlighted the Domestic Violence Act to ensure justice and safety is given priority in cases of violence within homes.
She also elaborated on the National Gender Policy, which defines gender based violence and demands the commitment of stakeholders in this area, amongst several other aspects of women’s development to ensure women live a life free from violence and discrimination.