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12 USP lawyers on US program

Serelisoni Moceica
Saturday, April 14, 2012

TWELVE young legal professionals from the University of the South Pacific region have travelled to the US for a six-week training on Pacific Fellows Women's Rights Program.

A statement from USP said the 12 were selected from Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Timor-Leste, Palau, Federated Sates of Micronesia and Fiji and would complete training next month.

The training is collaboration between USP and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI).

The USP stated participants would be more informed on how to affect positive changes towards the legal needs of women and their communities, also on the empowerment of women to demand their rights. "I am looking forward to walking the corridors of power at the Capitol Hill in Washington DC to see how laws are debated, voted on and passed," said participant Sala Tamani.

Another participant said the exposure through the programme would provide them with the skills to better understand policy and the legal services of women in their countries.

"During their six-week training, participants will work with government and non-government organisations that deal with and lobby against domestic violence," the USP stated.

The training was also supported by the US Department of Sate's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Professional Fellows Program and USP confirmed the next intake would be advertised next month.