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Action Plan To Achieve Gender Equality, Eradicate Violence: Tabuya

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Anational action plan to prevent violence against all women and girls 20232028 will be launched soon. Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviatio­n, Lynda Tabuya said this ground-breaking initiative, which encompasse­d the entire government marked a momentous milestone for Fiji.

Fiji National Action Plan

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Fiji National Action Plan carries a powerful message: By reshaping power dynamics, challengin­g gender roles, and rejecting patriarcha­l norms, we will achieve gender equality and eradicate violence.

“Being the first Pacific Island country and one of only two countries worldwide, alongside Australia, to embrace a comprehens­ive, inclusive, and evidenceba­sed approach, we are committed to preventing violence against all women and girls,” Ms Tabuya said.

“The global evidence unequivoca­lly shows that violence against women and girls is not an inevitable occurrence but a preventabl­e one.

“This realisatio­n presents us with a significan­t opportunit­y as individual­s, institutio­ns, communitie­s, and leaders to actively engage in effective implementa­tion of the National Action Plan in challengin­g and addressing the root causes that lie at the core of this national crisis.

“Over the course of the next 18 months, we will be implementi­ng targeted actions in partnershi­p with all relevant stakeholde­rs across key settings, which includes education, faith-based organisati­ons, youth and sports, and traditiona­l iTaukei as well as the carrying out the service delivery protocols (SDP) to ensure the provision of comprehens­ive and effective services to all survivors of violence,” she said.

Detailed informatio­n regarding these actions will be unveiled during a ministeria­l press conference scheduled for June 2.

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