Thank You Thursday: Hopeful in Fiji

A report* a few years ago suggested that there was one place among the world’s worst for violence against women. A place where over 60% of women and girls have experienced violence at the hand of an intimate partner or family member. A place where 15% of pregnant women are beaten by their partners. A place where, recently, in one month alone there were 48 separate incidents of serious sexual offences reported, and possibly many more that went unreported. Now, it might surprise you when I tell you the place this report was talking about is Fiji. Yes, the same Fiji that usually elicits visions of palm trees, blue waters and friendly smiles.