Lepea says no to violence against women, children

By Ioana Tupa’i ,

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The women and children of Lepea.

The women and children of Lepea.

The village of Lepea is adamant that there is no place for violence against women and children in our society.

They made the point very clear last weekend when the Lepea Malae became a sea of orange with villagers decked out in orange t-shirts and banners to promote the message.

Matai, untitled men, women and children, put together skits to reflect the theme “End Violence Against Women and Children.”

The Sa’o tamaitai of Lepea, Telesā Elena Faumuina Blakelock, said they wanted to show their support towards the work carried out by the Ministry of Women and Social Development.

“We have come together as a whole village to address the issue of violence because we have seen its impact on the lives of women and children,” she said.

Group 3 from Tuanaimato and Ululoloa prior to their performance.
Group 3 from Tuanaimato and Ululoloa prior to their performance.
Marching to the beat of a ‘No Violence’ drum
Marching to the beat of a ‘No Violence’ drum

“Physical violence has been affecting the hearts and souls of women especially children who are the future of our families, villages and nation. 

“I grew up in Lepea and my parents and our ancestors taught us that, pupil of a brother’s eye is thir sisters and nowadays we do not see the importance of such  a saying anymore. I do believe that causes the many problems that we have now seen with our society.

“For Lepea Village we are standing together to support what the Ministry of Women is doing and that is to end violence within our own homes.

“We can, we shall, and we will stop the Violence.”

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