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Koro Island Marks Significant Global Event

More than 600 community members from Koro Is­land kick-started the 16 Days of Activism by coming to­gether to mark the renowned In­ternational Day for Protesting Against Violence Against Women on
28 Nov 2017 11:00
Koro Island Marks Significant Global Event
The march also coincided with the Divisional Rally of Koro Island Sunday School, who also joined to mark the 16 days of activism against violence against women. Photo: Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre

More than 600 community members from Koro Is­land kick-started the 16 Days of Activism by coming to­gether to mark the renowned In­ternational Day for Protesting Against Violence Against Women on November 25.

This marked the first-time ever for Koro Island gathering together to mark the significant global event.

The newly established Elimina­tion of Violence Against Women Committee (EVAW Committee), an initiative of the Fiji Women’s Cri­sis Centre (FWCC), in partnership with the Koro Crime Prevention Committee organised a peaceful protest march from Nabua Village to Vatulele Village.

Lavenia Tuitabu, a counsellor from the FWCC said: “This is the importance and advantage of hav­ing an EVAW Committee on the island, where there is no FWCC branch office, because we are then able to work closely with the EVAW committee to ensure services and support is available to their com­munities.

“When you are so isolated and far away from the main support ser­vices, you need to have something in place that can offer immediate support and the committee plays that important role and they can also ensure that our key messages around ending VAW and girls is ongoing. Look at what they have organised today, this is a great ex­ample of their role and impact.”

Leading the historical march was the Koro Police and the chief of Vatulele Village, Superintendent of the Koro Methodist Church, Nabuna district Reverend, the vice president for the Crime Prevention Committee, a representative from the Crime Prevention Committee of Mudu Village and Lavenia Tu­itabu representing FWCC and the Koro EVAW Committee.

Source: Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre

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