27 Dec 2013

Fiji government expands violence free initiative

4:33 pm on 27 December 2013

The Fiji government is extending its initiative to try and create violence free communities.

The Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation says so far it has 60 communities on the Zero Tolerance Violence Free Community Campaign and 30 more communities will have the opportunity to join the campaign next year.

The minister, Dr Jiko Luveni, says a budget allocation of 400 thousand US dollars to the Women's Plan of Action means the Ministry can reach out to more women's groups.

Dr Luveni says each community will have to take ownership of the campaign and participate in awareness programmes to determine the causes of violence, be aware of laws that protect women and children, and learn about gender based violence and anger management.

She says the campaign empowers women to report cases to the police and build stronger families.