Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has reiterated Governments stand on gender equality during the Parliamentarians Policy Dialogue Forum.
Bainimarama said despite the significant steps made in empowering Fijian women, more needs to be done.
“I have said many times that adopting the proper laws and policies are only the beginning. Laws and policies are important in changing behavior and creating awareness, but they don’t solve the problem by themselves. I am sure that all of us would rather end rape and domestic violence forever rather than send offenders to prison. Every case of rape and domestic violence that is tried in our Courts represents a failure-a failure to stem this terrible problem in our society, a failure to change attitudes and behaviors, a failure to protect women. said Bainimarama
28 members of Parliament attended the two days forum.
” I know you have learned a great deal in this forum about the links between gender inequality and violence against women. Today, I am calling for unity on the issue of gender equality and the elimination of violence against women and children. What we do now will bear fruit in the lives of our daughters and grand-daughters. As a father and grandfather, I want the women I care about to live a life of freedom, choice, adventure and achievement and I want the same for all women in Fiji. So let us make 2016 a year of leadership and a year of getting things done. Let us all commit to do what we can to make the implementation of our National Gender Policy a reality.”