Fight Against Violence Moves To Churches
The fight against gender violence and child abuse can be inculcated into religious teachings as it has an influence over the mindset of people. Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa made the comment while welcoming an initiative by the Fiji Council of Churches in advocating against gender-based violence and child abuse. FCC member churches will today mark Break the Silence Sunday as part of their bid in supporting the global campaign, 16 Days of Activism, in eliminating violence against women and children.
They will focus their attention on the issues of gender based violence and child abuse through liturgy, prayers, scripture readings and sermons and recommit to being violence free communities and advocates. Ms Vuniwaqa said her ministry could not do it alone and needed a wider approach in advocating against the pertaining issues of gender violence and child abuse.
“We at the ministry by itself cannot handle it alone,” she said. FCC president and Methodist Church in Fiji president Reverend Tevita Banivanua said the initiative would provide them the opportunity to advocate on such issues from a pulpit level. “It is important that we not only address the sin of gender-based violence and child abuse within our church community, but as faith leader were speak with one voice in condemning it and calling for our communities and homes to be safe,” he said. Head of the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia Archbishop Reverend Dr Winston Halapua shared similar sentiments and outlined the importance of the initiative.
“What a privilege it is to be a part of this initiative which is what I call a deeper level of life,” he said. Edited by Rusiate Mataika