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Child Abuse Campaign This Week

In the quest to increase awareness on child protection in Fiji, the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation will launch the PCAN (Prevention of the Child Abuse and Neglect),
28 Oct 2015 18:43
Child Abuse Campaign This Week
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar during her recent visit to Gospel School of the Deaf in Suva

In the quest to increase awareness on child protection in Fiji, the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation will launch the PCAN (Prevention of the Child Abuse and Neglect), awareness campaign this Friday.

The launch is organised as a build-up to the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse also known as Blue Ribbon Campaign, which is marked annually on November 19.

Leading the PCAN awareness team is the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar.

Ms Akbar says PCAN is a great platform to increase reach out and increase awareness on child protection programmes.

“The purpose of the launch is to share information and strengthen networks within government and non-government agencies and service providers for child protection in Fiji,” Ms Akbar says.

“It involves a collaborative approach and consolidated effort to effectively address the issue from all aspects.

“The Ministry will also capitalise on media support to raise awareness and spread the message across every home, community and schools.

“Oratory contests and essay competitions has also been organised in schools, focused on the theme and awareness will be conducted in partnership with Ministry of Education.

“This would include awareness on National Child Helpline, positive parenting, counselling and support services available when addressing issues of child abuse and neglect.

“The Fijian Government is also signatory to (UN CRC) United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child and as a nation, its duty bound to fulfil its obligations under this Convention.”

She says the Ministry is also the Secretariat to the National Co-ordinating Committee on Children (NCCC).

“Each member organisation of the NCCC will take an active part in organising the National PCAN celebration in November this year.

The NCCC members work in different areas of child protection, has been recognised and also that all these agencies have to work together in order to achieve the best outcome for the children of Fiji. NCCC will capitalise on PCAN celebrations to intensify awareness in communities across Fiji,” Ms Akbar says. Ministry for Women, Children And Poverty Alleviation

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