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Force, ministry ink deal for women

Samisoni Nabilivalu
Saturday, April 14, 2012

A MEMORANDUM of understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Fiji Police Force and the Ministry of Women to promote co-operation in the field of development and empowerment of women.

It is hoped that through the MOU, the ministry and police will be able to pool their resources and in doing so address issues affecting women and children nationwide.

Under the MOU, the ministry and police will share statistics and annual reports, facilitate training for communities, implement projects, and collaborate on the empowerment of women and other gender-based issues.

Some examples are the inclusion of Domestic Violence and Child Welfare Decree in the annual Fiji Police Force training calendar, providing zero tolerance and a violent free community training for communities, and creating safe houses for victims of gender violence and child abuse.

Top of the agenda, as expressed by the Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua, and Minister for Women, Dr Jiko Luveni was eradicating violence against women and children. Dr Luveni told senior police officers in attendance that male superiority was causing a great imbalance in the family structure leading to women feeling inferior.

She said women should be given the opportunity to play an equal role in the running of the family and should be included in decision making processes.

She also praised police for attaining 20 per cent in terms of women officers in the force and the existence of senior women police officer, women officers on tour overseas, and their provision of funds for the Women's Network Program.