FWCC conducts Workshop on Rabi Island

The Fiji Women?s Crisis Centre (FWCC) is conducting a four day workshop on Gender, Human Rights, Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences against Women and Children on Rabi Island this week.

?This workshop has been organised by FWCC in collaboration with the Police and we are grateful for the assistance of Officer Kibau Kaburoro of the Rabi Police Station and officers at Tukavesi Police Post? said Shamima Ali, the Coordinator of the FWCC. ?Workshops of this kind are rarely offered in Rabi and this is a great opportunity for people in Rabi to discuss and learn about these important issues.?

The workshop will take place between Monday 1st December to Thursday 4th December and will be for both women and men, including youth leaders and women leaders. Training and discussion with focus on gender issues, human rights, domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment and child abuse.

The workshop will be conducted by Sera Bogitini, the Project Officer at Labasa Crisis Centre and Rinieta Ratawa. ?We have also set aside one day on Friday 5th December to offer counselling to anyone who wishes to consult us, and to talk to Women?s Committees on the Island about any issues they may have? said Ms Bogitini. ?The meetings with the Women?s Committees will be to discuss further ways in which we can collaborate in the work on responding to and prevention of violence against women, with a view to setting up a Violence Against Women Committee on Rabi.?

FWCC last conducted training in Rabi in 2002, at a workshop organised by the Ministry of Women.

This workshop is part of the activities being carried out by FWCC to mark Sixteen Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women, an annual event held between 25 November to 10 December.

The 16 Days Campaign was started in 1991 by the first Women?s Global Leadership Institute, which comprised of 23 women from around the world, including FWCC Coordinator Ms Ali. The Campaign highlights gender based violence and emphasises that violence against women is a human rights violation.

For more information please call Shamima Ali on 9992 875

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