Statement by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Center

 

Ok, it’s just a little fantasy, but what if women in every nation issued such a statement:

From: FWCC
To: Pacific Womens’ Information Network
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2006 4:34 PM
Subject: [pacwin] Stop the War of Words

27 November 2006

Press Release

The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre has called for an end to the War of Words
that is currently taking place amongst leaders in the country and for those
involved to come together for meaningful dialogue. “This has gone on for too
long and the whole country is beginning to feel the consequences”, said
Shamima Ali, Coordinator of FWCC.

“Each party has valid points to raise, however the manner in which things
are being conducted makes sound resolution seem beyond reach”, said Ali. The
FWCC has gone on to say that what is being displayed is a group of men
posturing around trying to prove their points and that there are able
women’s groups in the country which can play a mediating role. “If they
cannot resolve their issues on their own – let the women’s groups play a
role in mediating and bring about some semblance of peace – it isn’t about
individuals’ feelings anymore, it is about what is at stake for our nation.
We cannot afford to go down a path where there is complete disintegration of
law and order which will only exacerbate the current economic downturn”,
said Ali. According to Ali we only have to look at our own history and
recent events in neighbouring countries to see the devastating effects of
such instability. “We should not create a situation where foreign troops are
needed in our country because we messed up”, said Ali.

The FWCC has empahsised that the rule of law must prevail and the course
of democrary cannot be bent to suit people as they wish. “The military
wields a lot power and it is important for them to be aware that democracy
is not about the use of force”, said Ali.

“Our children are about to go on school holidays, families are preparing
for Christmas and this wave of uncertainity has taken away the joyous spirit
that is supposed to be present”, said Ali. “It is up our leaders to ensure
that the people of Fiji have the festive and peaceful season which they
deserve”

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