Fiji sees high rate of domestic, sexual violence: IFC

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-30 13:51:39|Editor: Liangyu
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SUVA, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Fiji has one of the highest rates of domestic and sexual violence in the world, according to the latest report by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

IFC revealed that almost two-thirds of Fijian women experienced domestic or sexual violence during their lifetime.

IFC Operations Officer Gender and Lead Author, Shabnam Hameed said the study included three private sector companies, collectively employing 1701 employees as of December 2018.

Hameed said the companies were selected to ensure sector diversity and based on their commitment to supporting staff affected by domestic and sexual violence.

The study identifies the impacts of domestic and sexual violence on Fijian employees and employers, with 563 people completed the staff survey.

She said for the three companies, the high rates of domestic and sexual violence translated into lost staff time and reduced productivity, equivalent to almost 10 days of lost work time per employee each year.

The study, aiming to inform the development of tailored solutions for Fiji's business community, included individual and group interviews involving 43 women and 43 men in both supervisory and non-supervisory roles.

The survey is part of an ongoing IFC initiative to develop workplace responses to domestic and sexual violence in the Pacific, which supports employees experiencing violence and reduces the impacts on the workplace.

The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre last year received a total of 1,101 cases of domestic violence from the period of January to December.