7 Dec 2011

Community's role in ending discrimination against women highlighted in Fiji

2:41 pm on 7 December 2011

The head of the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre says the community needs to look at eliminating the discrimination of girls from the time they are born.

A number of activities have been taking place throughout Fiji to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international campaign, which began on November the 25th.

The co-ordinator of the Women's Crisis Centre, Shamima Ali, has been involved in a workshop involving the police, and various community based groups.

She says there has been a lot of discussion around how people can change their behaviour towards girls in their own home.

"Participants are now realising that it must start in the home from themselves and how they treat girls and boys within their own home, you know what they have access to, education-wise, resources-wise, and so on, so that's a good discussion that's taken place."

Shamima Ali says a march is being planned in Nadi on Saturday to mark the end of the campaign.