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24-Hour Toll Free Helpline To Eliminate Violence

24-Hour Toll Free Helpline To Eliminate Violence
The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Permanent Secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta signs the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre with the co-ordinator Shamima Ali on September 3, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua
September 04
12:58 2018

A new agreement has been formalised between the Ministry of Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Alleviation and Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) to facilitate a toll free na­tional helpline.

The memorandum of understand­ing will facilitate Government’s partnership with the centre’s efforts in eliminating violence against women and children in our communities.

FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali commended the partnership.

“We are grateful for the opportu­nity,” she said.

“When people asked me why it is so useful, you have always run a 24-hour line?, well that wasn’t toll free, this one is toll free and acces­sible throughout.

“But, also we are able to bring this to the elimination of violence against women task force.

“This is the second year we are signing a MOU between the Gov­ernment agency and FWCC.

“The first time we did this was last year and we celebrate the fact that this is a huge recognition.”

Upon signing the MOU, Perma­nent Secretary Dr Josefa Koroivue­ta highlighted that it was a proud moment for the ministry to contin­ue with the good work that the cen­tre had been doing in breaking the silence of violence against women and children.

“We are happy to continue, we work in close collaboration to look at the issues that are challenging for us and it’s a work of partner­ship truly holding hands together for the fight is bigger.”

“When you look at the victims and survivors of violence from their perspective this gives them an avenue to resort for assistance, for health at a time when it’s most needed and also for us to work to­gether in many frontiers in as far as battling violence against women and children as well.”

The 24-hour toll free national helpline was launched by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last year and women and children can call the number 1560 toll free help line to receive assistance.

Source: DEPTFO

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