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Advocates against violence

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, November 17, 2012

THE Fiji Women's Crisis Centre has developed an innovative program to combat violence against women and girls in the country simply by working with men.

And the success of the program in the country has been successfully replicated in other Pacific island countries.

This was revealed to close to 60 participants from around the region who attended a week-long conference in Nadi on the elimination of violence against women and girls.

The program, which was developed a decade ago, was aimed at educating men on the root causes of violence against women and male advocates including traditional leaders, police officers and service providers, use their knowledge to help other men and boys recognise how violence against women was perpetuated and what they could do to change this.

"The program was developed after men began approaching the FWCC to ask how they can assist in advocating for the elimination of violence against women after they had undergone some initial gender training such as FWCC's Regional Training Program," said FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali.

"The founding idea was to get these men to learn to identify their own acts of violence and control and change this.

"In the process they would be helping women to actively promote and protect their rights but not to take over the program."