17 Aug 2016

Pacific churches preach against domestic violence

7:48 pm on 17 August 2016

Pacific churches are preaching against violence towards women to counter warped interpretations of bible verses used to oppress women.

Policy makers and practitioners meet to discuss ending violence against women in Sigatoka, Fiji.

A meeting on violence against women in Sigatoka, Fiji Photo: Fiji Womens Crisis Centre

Practitioners and policy makers have gathered in Fiji for the seventh Pacific Women's Network Against Violence Against Women Meeting to examine the status of women.

Fiji Women's Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali said some people took liberties with bible verses to support their own beliefs and keep women in a state of inferiority.

But Ms Ali said some churches were fighting back by preaching in support of women's rights.

"They're preaching from the pulpit, also, you know, they're holding special days in churches, Mothers' Day, International Women's Day and so on to promote equality, and also talk about ending violence against women."

Ms Ali said many Methodist and Anglican churches were promoting women's rights but others such as the Catholic church were yet to join forces with other stakeholders.

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