WOMEN of Naduri in Macuata believe they need to take the first step in the fight against crime.
With this aim in mind, the Soqosoqo Vakamarama in the village has taken the initiative to have a food stall during the Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival to raise money for the establishment of a committee to prevent crime in their village.
Naduri Women Crime Prevention Committee member Filomena Katonivere said all proceeds from the stall would be diverted towards their plans to establish a police post in the area to serve the coastal side of Macuata.
"As mothers, we are really concerned with the sort of substance abuse and sexual-related cases that youths and adults are indulging themselves in," Ms Katonivere said.
"The establishment of a crime prevention committee and a police post in our village will initiate a close relationship between police and villagers to see that crime is controlled. As a group, we had thought of raising funds during this carnival for these two purposes."
Ms Katonivere said they were making good money from the sale of cooked food parcels at the carnival.
"We expect to make more as the carnival progresses and we are asking people to come and support this initiative.
"We are also calling on women around the country that they need to stand up and do everything they can to curb the spread of crime in their communities."