Rosy Akbar calls growing violence against Fijian women a “national shame”


More than 750 new cases of domestic violence have been reported this year in Fiji, with reports of 64% of women having experienced violence.

Rosy Akbar, Fijian Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, says these figures demonstrate the urgency for transparency and accountability in the development of strategies to combat the crisis of violence against women. She also calls for a platform to share knowledge and experiences.

Earlier this month, the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation signed a bilateral agreement with Australia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with a goal of eliminating domestic violence in Fiji.

Watch the report from Café Pacific here.