THE Fiji Women's Crisis Centre farewelled one of its longest serving and dedicated members of staff and the deputy co-ordinator of the organisation on Friday.
Edwina Kotoisuva served the FWCC and its branches around Fiji, as well as the FWCC's sister organisations across the Pacific including the Vanuatu Crisis Centre and the Tonga Women and Children's Crisis Centre for 18 years of her life.
She resigned to take up a post as the Family and Sexual Violence Adviser to the Papua New Guinea Law and Justice Project funded by AusAID.
FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali said although the organisation was sad to see Edwina go, she could not think of a person better suited or skilled to take up the job Edwina is going to.
"Edwina was like the backbone of the centre," Ms Ali said.
"PNG is one of our partners and it needs people like Edwina.
"PNG has some of the highest rates of violence against women in the world, and Edwina's vast experience in the area of violence against women in Fiji and the Pacific will hold her in good stead.
"Edwina has been totally committed to the crisis centre for the past 18 years and has done extremely well," she added.