Fiji Time: 9:19 AM on Thursday 2 April

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Village declared a crime-free zone

Jone Kalouniviti
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

THE declaration of Nadalei Village in Tavua as a crime-free zone yesterday followed an eight-month long exercise in humility, says village headman Ilai Manoa.

The village was declared a zero-tolerance zone for violence against women and children by the permanent secretary for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Josefa Koroivueta.

Mr Manoa said the phases involved for a village to receive such a declaration took about eight months to complete. Villagers, especially the men, participated in awareness and educational programs to help instil values to protect the vulnerable in society.

At yesterday's celebration the ministry announced they would fund the completion of a village hall to be used by women as a processing area for honey. The women began a beekeeping project last year.

The new women's centre will also be used to conduct classes for sewing, baking and activities,

Ministry media officer Anshoo Mala said the government's approach was twofold.

"It is that of the elimination of violence and economic empowerment," she said.

Nadalei lies between Vatukoula and Nadarivatu and has a population of 526 people from 116 family units.

The same program was also conducted in the village of Waikubukubu, also in Tavua, later in the evening.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Stop bullying
  2. Family grieves
  3. Ro Teimumu wants apology
  4. Police probe girl's death
  5. Jewish passover
  6. Payout query
  7. Fellaini gives Belgium edge over Israel
  8. Special recognition
  9. Free education assurance
  10. Crablets in bay

Top Stories this Week

  1. Stop bullying Thursday (02 Apr)
  2. INQUIRY: Baby given wrong injection Friday (27 Mar)
  3. A star is born Tuesday (31 Mar)
  4. Champions Monday (30 Mar)
  5. Road accidents claim five lives over the weekend Monday (30 Mar)
  6. 'Ruthless' Sunday (29 Mar)
  7. Strong start Friday (27 Mar)
  8. Players share winning prize Tuesday (31 Mar)
  9. PM snaps back Wednesday (01 Apr)
  10. Parents outraged Wednesday (01 Apr)