Police gender advocates second training phase

The 25 Senior Executive Level Police from across the Pacific who were part of the "Gender, Human Rights and the Elimination of all forms of Violence Against Women" training in Nadi. Picture: SUPPLIED

BECOMING gender advocates is not a one or two-week workshop outcome, says Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) coordinator Shamima Ali.

Twenty-five senior police officials from across the region were in Nadi last week for the second training phase focusing on gender, human rights and the elimination of all forms of violence against women.

Funded by the Australian Federal Police and organised in collaboration with the FWCC, the police gender advocates had completed their first training in April last year.

Following this, an annual plan was drafted to look at basic action plans on issues in terms of personal lives, work environment and community activities.

Ms Ali said they did not expect participants to come up with unrealistic or complex action plans.

“It takes years to be able to have the confidence, expertise and skills to effectively communicate and advocate gender equality messages. So, we don’t expect you to be perfect.

“What we do expect, however, is for you to be honest about your challenges so that we can unpack these challenges and help give you the tools and knowledge of how to navigate through these challenges,” she said.

“This is why we are investing in a long-term approach because unpacking genderisation, internalisation and institutionalisation take a lot of training, support and mentoring.”

Australian Federal Police adviser Vanessa Stone said the AFP was committed to working with Pacific partners to eliminate violence against women in the Pacific.

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