26 Nov 2002

Fiji violence against women costs millions

5:47 am on 26 November 2002

Violence against women is reported to be costing Fiji more than 140 million US dollars a year.

Radio Fiji says the figure has been given by the governor of the Reserve Bank, Savenaca Narube who was speaking at a workshop on the economic costs of violence against women.

He said the 140 million US dollar loss is equivalent to seven percent of gross domestic product and could be higher if missed opportunity costs are included.

He says the loss is equal to the government's budget deficit, or the total income tax or the total collections from the value added tax in 2003, or the government's total capital expenditure.