Suva, Fiji (22 June 2015) – A second workshop for men on women’s human rights began today in Labasa at the Scouts Hall. The week-long training is a collaboration between the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre and the Ministry for Women’s Zero Tolerance to Violence Against Women Program.
“The male advocacy program for women’s human rights was developed 13 years ago and is aimed at educating men on the root causes of violence against women. The program allows men to help other men and boys recognise how violence against women is perpetuated and what changes they can make to their own attitudes and behaviours,” said Shamima Ali, Coordinator of the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre.
“The program also teaches men to help promote and protect women’s human rights,” said Ali.
“The Male Advocacy Program is recognised internationally as a best practice model for addressing violence against women, and helps men become effective role models within their own communities for other men and boys,” said Ali.
The workshop is attended by 29 men from various parts of the Northern Division namely, Dreketi, Lekutu, Kioa, Rabi, Taveuni, Bua, Savusavu, Namoli, Savudrodro, Vunivesi and Tawake.