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Fiji Steps Up Fight Against Violence Against Women

SUVA – Fiji’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation is working with the police and health sector to improve its services on ending violence against women and children.

Under the plan, the percentage of female police officers will be increased from 5 per cent to 20 per cent, with increased female police presence in frontline service positions. For its part, the health sector will expand its services to sexual and reproductive health clinics.

Speaking at the official signing of COMMIT campaign, minister Dr Jiko Luveni said the police were committed to providing a 24-hour turnaround time in serious cases of violence against women and children.

Dr Luveni said the police would monitor crimes against women and children and share this information on a quarterly basis with her ministry. “Gender will be mainstreamed into all areas of the police force, including recruitment, training, promotion and decision-making processes,” she said.

“Fiji will prioritise building capacity for front-line health care workers to respond to violence against women and children holistically with medical management, referrals, counselling and appropriate treatment.

“Medical officers will be on call so that services are provided 24/7.”

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