Dr Lu­veni Stands By State­ment

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“I was up in Navosa at one time and I was talk­ing to them about vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren. There was this man sit­ting on my left and he said you keep talk­ing about men vi­o­lat­ing women, women also vi­o­late men. I said to the small­ish man: ‘Where is your wife and he said she is right there. She was a huge woman and I said no won­der.’ Some­times we women ag­gra­vate the sit­u­a­tion . We must know the per­son­al­i­ties of our hus­bands, some­times we know ex­actly what our hus­bands don’t like then we do it, what do you ex­pect?”

Dr Jiko Lu­veni

Speaker of Par­lia­ment

The Speaker of Par­lia­ment, Dr Jiko Lu­veni, says she stands by her state­ment on vi­o­lence against women re­ported by the Fiji Sun yes­ter­day. She said: “Some­times we women ag­gra­vate the sit­u­a­tion; some­times we know ex­actly what our hus­bands don’t like and then we do it. What do you ex­pect?” She said yes­ter­day “we need to ad­dress the re­al­i­ties” of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. She added a hus­band and wife should learn to work to­gether in or­der to build a lov­ing and en­joy­able re­la­tion­ship. “If they can en­joy and make life work be­tween them­selves then there will be no vi­o­lence,” she said. A woman must know the per­son­al­ity of her hus­band, she added. She de­fended her state­ment say­ing it was said in con­text to help women and pro­tect them. “We must ad­dress the re­al­i­ties,” he said She said “we need to change” and strengthen fam­ily re­la­tion­ships. She said chil­dren must be taught that vi­o­lence was not ac­cept­able and val­ues should be in­stilled in them. He said the Gov­ern­ment or lead­ers can­not be blamed for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. She said it should be ad­dressed in the home, in the fam­ily. She said those who crit­i­cized her had taken her state­ment out of con­text.

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