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Corrections Promote Equality

In a bid to promote gender equality, Fiji Corrections Service has taken a new step in deploying female wardens in correction facilities. Commissioner of Corrections Lieutenant-Colonel Ifereimi Vasu said the
22 Dec 2014 12:21
Corrections Promote Equality

In a bid to promote gender equality, Fiji Corrections Service has taken a new step in deploying female wardens in correction facilities.

Commissioner of Corrections Lieutenant-Colonel Ifereimi Vasu said the organisation began this initiative a few months ago.

“In regards to few of the conferences that we attended, we realised that we in Fiji, have limited the deployment of females just to the female correctional institutions, administrations and logistics. I decided to take a step forward with the other countries so we started about three months ago,” Lieutenant-Colonel Vasu said.

“We are now deploying our female officers in Suva. We are also looking at deploying them at the Minimum Prison slowly on the understanding that it should be equal to everybody.

“If we are paid the same amount, we have to be able to work in any situation that is being given by the Government for us.”

He said female correctional officers had the capabilities to be deployed in such institutions.

“They’ve got the capabilities to be deployed there. It’s just for our officers to think outside of the box because it’s been like that all the time so we decided to change it,” he said.

Lieutenant-Colonel Vasu said the organisation was always looking for means and avenues to ensure that gender equality was achieved.

“Our recruitment was fair. When they briefed me when there were more females, I said just go with the criteria on which officers were selected.

“If there’s more female who are more qualified then select them. It’s unfair that if they are qualified, then we put them away because of the ratio.”

Female warden officers, Losana Savou and Raijeli Vosaki, are the first two females to serve at the Suva Corrections Centre.

Lieutenant-Colonel said the feedback from the pair were positive.

There are currently 92 female officers in Fiji Corrections Service.

 

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