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NGO works on draft proposal for more workshops

Shayal Devi
Friday, May 23, 2014

EMPOWER Pacific is working on a few draft proposals to continue trainings and workshops for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities in the Western Division.

General counsellor with the NGO Josefa Turagakece said there were still two main problems faced by members of the community — discrimination and abuse.

"This is apart from the legal, social and personal challenges they face on a daily basis," said Mr Turagakece.

"Communities should be encouraged to educate themselves on the International Human Rights Law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity issues."

He said there were organisations in Fiji working on behalf of the LGBTIQ community.

"Organisations like San, Pran and Drodrolagi Movement are working to support the prevention of HIV AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections together with providing life skills training that will enable them to face stigma and discrimination because of their sexual orientation and gender issues."

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