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Fiji Report: New domestic violence figures shock, but fresh hopes on youth activism

Video report by Niklas Pedersen on internship with Repúblika.

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Niklas Pedersen in Suva

Sixty four percent of women in Fiji suffer violence making it one of the worst countries in the world for domestic abuse, say gender rights advocates.

According to the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) with figures released at a seminar at the University of the South Pacific this week, 756 new domestic violence cases have been recorded from January to July this year.

However, women’s rights advocates believe educating young people about human rights, such as the GIRLS programme, can change things.

Niklas Pedersen and Kai Ping Lew are postgraduate student journalists from AUT University on the Asia-Pacific Journalism course. They are in Fiji on a two-week internship with Repúblika Magazine and Wansolwara and will also file a series of reports for Pacific Scoop about their experience.

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