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FWCC welcomes police move

Dawn Gibson
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

THE call for more female police officers by the Fiji Police Force was labelled a positive one by the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre (FWCC) yesterday.

FWCC director Shamima Ali said the move was welcome.

"We welcome this call because of the need to promote gender equality and giving women a fair chance," Ms Ali said.

She added that the initiative provided plus points to the force.

Following these comments however, Ms Ali highlighted the need for police officers — men and women — to be sensitive about issues pertaining to violence against women and girls.

"In our experience, we have come across horrific responses from both male and female officers.

"But also great sensitivity from those who have been sensitised and have undergone appropriate training on gender-based violence," she said.