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Workshop Serves As Eye-Opener For Men

Workshop Serves As Eye-Opener For Men
The 19 men from the three provinces in Vanua Levu during their training in fighting violence against women and girls. April 21, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula
April 23
11:00 2018

Macuata man always thought that when people talk about violence against women and girls it was only rape. Now he’s learned it’s much more

Nineteen men from the three provinces on Vanua Levu have taken the first step to fight violence against women and girls.

They were part of a seven-day workshop which is organised by Transcend Oceania, a non-govern­ment organisation that promotes training and education in this field.

In addition, the NGO also pro­motes peace, justice and develop­ment as a strategic and non-violent way of prevention and interven­tion.

At regional level the NGO helps peace building strategies to the many conflicts and social issues people in the Oceania region are in­creasingly facing today.

Seci Navila, 40, of Sasa, in Macu­ata, said the training was an eye opener for him.

“This is the first training I am at­tending. I have learned a lot. I will inform the men about what I have learned during the training. I am grateful that I have been chosen to be part of the training,” the father- of-six said.

“I always thought that when peo­ple talk about violence against women and girls I think it was only rape.

“But now I learned that the vio­lence can be the words you use when talking to your wife and chil­dren.

“Most of the time women fight for themselves but I want them to know that we are here to fight for them. It is time to stop all the vio­lence against women and girls.”

Another participant, Timoci Tui­wainunu, 26, of Kiobo Village, in Bua, said every woman and girl should be cherished.

“I am glad that I am here repre­senting my tikina (district) because I have learned something that I will always cherish,’’ Mr Tuiwainunu said.

“We are told to decrease and erad­icate violence against women and girls by informing people of what we have learned.

“It is time to change the mindset of the people that think women be­long in the kitchen or they can do whatever they want to their wives or children.

“I have also learned that women also want their voice to be heard. At most meetings women are not allowed to speak and it is time that their voices are heard because they are also part of our community.

“There are only 19 of us repre­senting Vanua Levu and I think it is about time that this kind of train­ing is inducted in each and every village so that men and boys are ed­ucated on violence against women and girls.”

The seven-day training ended on Saturday

Edited by Percy Kean

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