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As American Samoa commerates Women's History Month, Fiji continues to take women back in time

With Women's History Month proclaimed by Gov. Togiola this week, we found the following article in the Fiji Times by Salaseini Vosamana rather ironic. The theme for this year's celebration is “Women’s Education - Women’s Empowerment.”

Here is the beginning of the story with a link to Fiji Times:

A GROUP of women vendors in Labasa were yesterday told to refrain from gossiping because it was against the law.

Organised by the community policing officers in the north, the short discussion was aimed at bringing women together to inform them about the new Crimes Decree associated with women issues.

In her formal address, police constable Mere Mocetoka told the women that anyone was liable to spend one year in prison if found gossiping or making bad remarks about another person.

"Every day, new faces visit the market and women are fond of sitting together in groups to make gestures and gossip about them," Constable Mocetoka said.

"It's an attitude we have grown up with but it is something the law recognises as illegal. Gossiping is a contributing factor to fights and hatred among one another, which is something very common in women," she said.



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