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…
Village men inspired
The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre rounded up a four-day male advocacy training program in Nairukuruku Village in Naitasiri yesterday.
A total of 40 men, including senior citizens, chiefs and youths were part of the training program.
FWCC Counsellor Advocate Lavenia Tuitabu who conducted the training said it is important to empower men in the country to fight violence against women and be the agent of change in society.
Ms Tuitabu said the training is about men learning to change their behaviour, mind-set and be more inclusive to influence change in their communities.
Village chief, Ratu Jese Ranatuinavono said following the Centre’s teachings, he would now include women empowerment activities in his action plan for the whole village.
Ratu Jese said inequality and domestic violence are the major problems in his village.
“Women in the village are seen as those who belong to the kitchen. That has been the tradition here and I want to change it. I want women to be equal and looked after well by men,” he said.
An Australian Government delegation visited the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre today to learn more about the Centre’s work and programs on eliminating violence against women in Fiji and the Pacific. The delegates, who were taken through a brief background of FWCC’s programs, research, partnerships with FBOs (House of Serah) and sports (Redrock Rugby Club), are here on an exchange program with the Fiji parliament. FWCC also highlighted there appreciation for the continued support given by Australia in eliminating violence against women and girls.