13 Jul 2015

Action needed to tackle sexual violence in Fiji

5:29 pm on 13 July 2015

The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre says there needs to be more than just the condemnation of sexual violence, the words must also carry into action.

Shamima Ali

Shamima Ali Photo: SUPPLED

The comments follow reports last week of the rape and brutal assault of a nine-year-old girl in Nakasi.

The co-ordinator of the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre, Shamima Ali, says whenever there is a nasty incident there is shock and horror and statements are made, but then the issue dies down again.

She says all stakeholders, including the government and faith based organisations, need to come together so they can share information, and look at international best practice on how to tackle sexual violence.

"Everyone has to do their job, law enforcement has to be trained, if you have good laws, are they being implemented? What is the attitude within the courts with gender based violence, particularly sexual crimes against women and children. So I think those things need to be done, and very honestly and openly."

Shamima Ali says gender equality must also be promoted in all walks of life.