The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) provides crisis counselling and legal, medical and other practical support services for women and children who are sufferers and survivors of violence committed against them by men.
The FWCC is also involved in public advocacy and community education on gender violence. The Centre’s strategies are based on the conviction that violence against women is a fundamental human rights and development issue. The Centre’s work addresses all forms of violence against women including rape, beating, sexual harassment and abuse of children. FWCC is a respected professional organisation. It was established in 1984 and has succeeded in influencing public opinion in Fiji such that most sectors of society recognise and support the need for emergency services and ongoing support for women who are subjected to any form of violence. Over the past four years the FWCC has done pioneering work to document, analyse and support the development of practical programs and services to deal with the problem of violence in contemporary Pacific society. The FWCC is well known and respected in international circles and its work is enhanced by participation in global networks of women working against violence. Funding for NGOs is always a problem and for the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) things were no different. When the FWCC was first established…
International Women’s Day: Marking progress, looking ahead
The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre and its branches across the country will mark International Women’s Day with events on Friday and Saturday.
International Women’s Day is commemorated on 8 March annually, which this year falls on Sunday so events will take place in the lead up to the day.
The annual ‘Reclaim the Night’ march will take place in Suva on Friday evening and in Nadi on Saturday.
Savusavu Forum on Eliminating Sexual Violence
Twenty two people (15 women and 7 men) attended the Forum representing the Methodist Church, Methodist Bible College, Anglican Church, Advisory Councillors, Cakaudrove Soqosoqo Vakamarama, Women’s Groups representatives from Nabalebale, Bagasau and Korosi, Rabi EVAW Committee members, Youth reps, Legal Aid and Judiciary.
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Discussion with Catholic Women’s League Raiwaqa
Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali was invited to address a gathering of the Catholic Women’s League Raiwaqa branch at the St Pius Parish on Milverton Road on Thursday night to mark International Women’s Day.
About 40 women, men and young people turned up for the discussion session on IWD, women’s empowerment and the role of the church.
Ms Ali shared statistics on violence against women in Fiji and the experiences of survivors of violence. She also addressed the issue of women in leadership positions, sports and other male-dominated areas.