NAVATUKIA Village in the province of Naitasiri is the most recent village to sign up to Fiji's Zero Tolerance Violence Campaign.
The campaign, which has been implemented in a number of communities across the country, has been created with the primary aim to encourage locals to come together and to put an end to violence against women and children.
It was launched following the recent presentation of a certificate, which recognises the commitment of Navatukia villagers to oppose such acts of violence.
Social Welfare Minister Dr Jiko Luveni said the campaign would encourage people to band together with relevant stakeholders and continue to promote a violence-free Fiji.
The campaign would promote unity and peace in families, it would ensure there is equality between men and women in terms of decision making and sharing responsibilities.
Dr Luveni also said a gatekeepers committee comprising of village leaders, women and youths would be formed, that would work closely with police and the ministry to facilitate awareness and training programs on addressing violence.
The head of Navatukia Village, Sevanaia Nateilawa also commended the campaign and added that he was grateful to Dr Luveni for being the first minister to come right to their doorstep and talk about the need for equality between women and men.