Shamima Ali attends discussions in New Zealand

By ROLAND KOROI

Fiji Women?s Crisis Centre Coordinator Shamima Ali leaves for New Zealand this evening for a series of discussions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Ms Ali will speak at a forum on ?Creating Change ? What is working to prevent family violence in Fiji? organized by New Zealand?s Ministry of Social Development as well as the New Zealand Police and the Auckland Council.

This will take place on Thursday 21 August at the Fickling Convention Centre from 10am ? 12noon.

Ms Ali will also speak at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission?s Diversity Forum on Family Violence and Human Rights on 24 August in Christchurch.

While in New Zealand the FWCC Coordinator will also speak to ethnic minority groups on strategies used in the Pacific to counter violence against women and girls and how culture and religion can also be incorporated into the process.

Ms Ali will also be visiting women?s refuges and having discussions around best practice as part of the process of setting up three refuges in Fiji next year.

Ms Ali is expected back in Fiji on 2 September.