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$1m for support shelters

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, January 25, 2014

EIGHT cases of pregnancies as a result of sexual offences against teenage girls have been recorded in the past two years.

FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali said in most cases these young women were neglected by their families and had nobody to lean on for support.

The centre is looking to remedy this problem by building three shelters, one each in Suva, Ba and Labasa.

The project, sponsored by Australian aid will cost around a million dollars.

"The Suva shelter will cater for young survivors of sexual assault, providing them with a shelter and an effective and positive exit strategy after they're 17 while at the same time, ensuring they're accessible to good education opportunities," said Ms Ali.

"The Labasa and Ba shelters will be for survivors of domestic violence, a safe haven where they will be allowed to recover and rebuild their lives.

"It is here that they will be assisted to overcome their past and look forward to a better future. All three shelters will be run according to universal ethical standards which the FWCC has adapted to Fiji and the Pacific region."

FWCC has identified a few sites and negotiations are continuing.

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