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Violence free campaign to expand

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, February 09, 2013

POSITIVE feedback has been received as a result of the Zero Tolerance Violence Free Program in communities around the country.

The program is an initiative by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, aimed at working with communities to increase awareness about child protection.

Minister Doctor Jiko Luveni said given the feedback, the ministry would work towards including another 30 communities throughout this year.

"The ministry is going to increase the coverage by having 30 communities join the program this year," Dr Luveni said.

"Any community that wants to join this program can contact their nearest women's office. This program is designed to ensure the welfare and education of children in underprivileged households are not compromised."

She said the ministry's Child Services Unit also contributed as it worked directly with communities and stakeholders like the police.

"Child protection officers play an important role in terms of working with the communities to create awareness of child protection issues.

"We work with Empower Fiji to provide counselling services and support," she said.

The ministry also forged a partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to develop a child facilitation package called 'Children are precious gift from God'.





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