Sports reps get gender violence training

Group Photo from the Gender, Violence against Women and Human Rights workshop. Picture: SUPPLIED

GENDER based violence preventative measures were taken into the sporting sector last week, focused on 12 national sports organisations.

Facilitated by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Center, the training Gender Awareness, Domestic Violence, Rape, Child Abuse and Sexual Harassment was funded by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

A first time event, the goal was to teach each NSO rep to educate them to be able to advocate against gender based violence.

Held at the De Vos on the Park in Suva from May 15 to 18, the event aimed at taking advantage of the positions of influence which sporting reps often held.

According to a statement from the government,  Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou encouraged sporting representatives educate other youths, sportswomen and sportsmen.

“This is the first time the Ministry has organised such a training for our National Sports Organisations,” Minister Tuitubou said.

“We realise that these NSO representatives, on a constant basis, engage with people and can further educate and advocate members of the community about these issues.”

“The Ministry promotes inclusivity, equality and fairness amongst all and this types of training will also assist participants in recognising and assisting those that need support in their individual communities.”

Fiji Paralympic Association, Iosefo Rakesa is quoted as thanking the Ministry for organising the event.

“I would like to thank the Ministry of Youth and Sports for organising the workshop for us” he said. “Individuals with special needs are often undermined in our community and the workshop has enlightened me on the fundamental human rights an individual has.  It also gives me an opportunity to communicate with relevant personnel should I face any situation in the future.”

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