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‘Safe Home’ Project Soon For Victims

A non government organisation is setting a safe home for women and children who have suffered at the hands of domestic violence. Ba Soroptimist International president, Dr Senata Tinauseru said
10 Mar 2017 11:00
‘Safe Home’ Project Soon For Victims
Participants during the celebration at the Nadi Airport School yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

A non government organisation is setting a safe home for women and children who have suffered at the hands of domestic violence.

Ba Soroptimist International president, Dr Senata Tinauseru said they are working on a new pilot project called “The Sanctuary”.

This was revealed during the International Women’s Day celebrations on Wednesday night with the theme ‘Awareness on Domestic Violence, Protection, Prevention and Peace’ at Nadi Airport School.

Dr Tinauseru said The Sanctuary project is a Federation Project 2016-2018 of the Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific – which Dr Maria Doton has been appointed project manager.

‘The Sanctuary’ is an emergency shelter to be built in different towns of Fiji for the purpose of housing women and children who are victims of violence and natural disasters, while waiting for a permanent place to stay.

These shelters will be administered and run in co-ordination with the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation and the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre.

“It is a fact that Fiji stands as one of the countries with the highest incidence of violence, having at least 72 per cent of women experiencing one form of violence in her lifetime,” she added.

“The great need for safe homes for these victims makes this project of the Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific come at the best time.

“The Soroptimist International of Fiji requests people to work together towards the elimination of violence against women and children and work towards gender equality at all times, in all situation, and in all places.”

Dr Tinauseru added that this project was nominated and presented by Soroptimist International of Ba (SI Ba) at the Conference of Clubs in Sydney in 2016 and was successfully endorsed.

“Now more than ever, let’s lift up women’s voices and support the powerful women in our lives. This International Women’s Day, like every day of the year for us is about celebrating the resilience of women around the world and even in Fiji,” said Dr Tinauseru.

“Women are courageous and powerful change makers. As we face new challenges and threats, women are resisting rollbacks and standing up for human rights.”

SI Ba is looking at establishing about 10 homes and they are in the final stages of having the project take shape.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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