VILLAGERS of Vatukarasa in Nadroga have formed a gatekeeping committee to work with police in monitoring the progress of the Zero Tolerance Violence Free Community Campaign.
Vatukarasa is the latest village to commit to the campaign.
The initiative was launched this week by Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Doctor Jiko Luveni.
Dr Luevni acknowledged the commitment made by the villagers in an effort to eliminate violence.
"A gatekeeping committee has been formed and it will work with the police and the ministry to monitor the progress of this campaign," she said.
"The ministry is thankful to leaders of Vatukarasa for providing their support to eliminate violence in their village.
"Villagers will have to go through eight months of preparatory awareness programs and also comply with certain guidelines to reach to the final stage of the campaign, which will result in the village being declared violence-free."
Vatukarasa Women's Group president Adisau Tabaiwalu said the campaign boosted the confidence of women and heightened a renewed interest from many to gain more knowledge on the assistance programs provided, especially during times of conflict or violence.
"We hope that through this campaign, women who are normally bound to their domestic duties will look at ways to address issues like violence that affects them," she said.
Village headman Joveci Tomeru said the government initiative inspired men to review their role.
"The biggest message to take home is that we cannot turn a blind eye to violence," he said.
"We have to take action now, so that as responsible fathers and husbands we can become good role models for our children.
"The campaign will challenge us to break free from old habits and embrace positive changes to fulfil the long awaited dream of a peaceful and just society."