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More Awareness, Better Responses Needed

The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre is out to create more awareness amongst Fiji and other Pacific island countries’ police officers in partnership with the Australian Federal Police. Twenty three police
03 Oct 2014 10:38
More Awareness, Better Responses Needed
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The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre is out to create more awareness amongst Fiji and other Pacific island countries’ police officers in partnership with the Australian Federal Police.
Twenty three police officers from ten Pacific countries are undergoing a two- week training programme at the Hexagon Group Hotel in Nadi.
FWCC Co-ordinator, Shamima Ali said the workshop was to address the issue of gender- based violence which includes rape and domestic violence.
“This workshop is part of the regional programme on eliminating violence against women,” she said.
“The idea is to sensitise these officers to the issue so that they can have a clear understanding, recognise gender equality in our society and respond better.”
She says this will help in better reporting of the crime by the victims because they will feel confident and continue with their court cases.
“It has been recognised a number of times that police officers do not respond well to women or girls who are victims of such crime.
But she says because of the awareness by the centre and improved legislation in Fiji, increased reporting of rapes and domestic violence has been noticed.
“We will be looking at a particular model from Australia as to how police can respond. We will also go through the laws of their own countries and we have lawyers coming in.”
She says the workshop will also look at human rights, the women’s convention and the children’s convention and how all these can fit into their work.
“The workshop will also create a partnership within the Pacific.”
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