SUVA (FIJI LIVE) — Director of the Human Rights and Social Development Division at the Pacific Community (SPC) Miles Young says many women miss works due to gender-based violence.

Young said according to a study carried by World Bank, women that face gender based violence misses ten days of work.

He said also, gender based violence whether mental or physical abuse at the hands of an intimate partner often affects the victims’ ability to work.

“The survey revealed that employers in Fiji miss an average of 14 days of work in a year. For women, they miss ten days at work due to gender based violence,” he said.

“More than one in four women and one in ten men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Victims of domestic violence lose an average of 137 hours of work a year.

“Some victims need time off from work to seek medical attention, a restraining order, or a safe place to stay. Others can’t get to work when an abuser disables their car.

“While, some partners’ sabotages childcare arrangements, or leaves them without cash for public transportation not allowing women to go to work,” he said.

He said there was help provided by regional organisations, non-governmental organisations and government for women facing gender based violence.

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