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Men Join Anti-Violence March

A group of men from the three provinces in Vanua Levu, marched in Labasa Town yesterday to show their commitment to end violence against women and girls. The men were
21 Apr 2018 11:00
Men Join Anti-Violence March
University of the South Pacific’s Professor Konai Helu Thaman at Sheraton Fiji Resort on Denarau Island, in Nadi on February 19, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

A group of men from the three provinces in Vanua Levu, marched in Labasa Town yesterday to show their commitment to end violence against women and girls.

The men were part of a training programme organised by Tran­scend Oceania a non-government organisation.

Transcend Oceania is grounded in non-violent approaches to relat­ing with others and the environ­ment creating just, peaceful, in­clusive, participatory, sustainable and resilient communities.

Operations manager for Tran­scend Oceania and trainer for the gender non-violence and mas­culine training Paulo Baleina­korodawa said it was time to fight and end violence against women and girls.

“This public demonstration is as much a part of the training pro­gramme.

“The men are in the training pro­gramme, but the women came to join us when we called for cross gender dialogue yesterday and so we have invited them to be part of the public demonstration with us,” Mr Baleinakorodawa said.

“All the banners are portraying a message to the public basically to inform the people that it is time for us to hold hands and try to find ways to end the violence that hap­pens to women and girls because it affects everybody and the nation as well.

“We can reduce and we can mini­mise. To eliminate takes a longer process, but we can take little steps to prevent and reduce vio­lence against women and girls.

“We are doing a seven-day inten­sive training on gender masculin­ity and non-violence for men to become partners with women in ending violence against women and girls.”

Eroni Madigi, 36, of Galoa Vil­lage in Bua described the training as an eye opener.

“I believe that if all the men in Fiji work together we can mini­mise or even eradicate the abuse of women and girls because it is the men who are doing this in the family,” he said.

“Men need to be educated that women are human too and they are to be treasured and cherished.”

The gender non-violence and masculine training will end to­morrow (Sunday).

Edited by Epineri Vula

Feedback: wati.talebula@fijisun.com.fj



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