The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre has said farewell to Edwina Kotoisuva, one of its longest-serving and dedicated members of staff and the deputy coordinator of the organisation.
Edwina served the FWCC and its branches around Fiji, as well as the FWCC’s sister organisations across the Pacific including the Vanuatu Crisis Centre and the Tonga Women and Children’s Crisis Centre for 18 years of her life.
She has resigned to take up a post as the Family and Sexual Violence Adviser to the Papua New Guinea Law and Justice Project funded by AusAID.
FWCC Coordinator Shamima Ali said although the organisation was sad to see Edwina go, she could not think of a person better suited or skilled to take up the job Edwina is going to.
“PNG has some of the highest rates of violence against women in the world, and Edwina’s vast experience in the area of violence against women in Fiji and the Pacific will hold her in good stead,” Ms Ali said.
“Edwina has been totally committed to the Crisis Centre for the past 18 years. It is extremely rare to find a young woman with the feminist values and beliefs, skills and knowledge that Edwina has,” Ms Ali added. “Edwina has set a precedent for young women in the Pacific who aspire to be part of the feminist women’s movement, advancing women’s human rights. We are happy that Edwina will remain associated with the FWCC, with her appointment as a Trustee of the Centre.”