THERE is a thirst for behavioural change in the elimination of violence against women but it is up to the people, NGOs and the government to work together to ensure this is sustained.
These were the sentiments of executive director of the NGO Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI), Rex Horoi.
Mr Horoi was speaking addressing participants at the launch of the behaviour change communication (BCC) materials for the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) among street dwellers in Suva.
"Changing mind-sets is not easy but with the assistance of materials such as the BCC, we are able to complement the good work that is being done in the area and be the voice of change," Mr Horoi said.
"These materials will assist in highlighting and reminding not just the street dwellers' community but all of us to play a part in the greater awareness of this issue, that we need to stop the violence and behavioural change needs to start with us."
The materials were a result of suggestions from street dwellers, volunteers and the Suva Wheelbarrow Association and Shoe Shine Initiative who have been a part of the EVAW training at the Suva Market Police Post throughout the year.
At the launch, Mr Horoi challenged the male population to be a part of behavioural change in their homes and communities.
"Violence is wrong and we as males, as protectors of our families we can bring about change in the behaviour of our families and communities and to help encourage our women and children to aspire to be great leaders in our communities and our home.
"This launch is a culmination of the friendship between FSPI and UN Women forged in 2011 and I am confident that this great relationship will continue to bring change and development to our communities in the years to come," he concluded.