“Men and women can stand together and work to eliminate all forms of violence and discrimination against women and fight for their rights as we are all equal.” The words of WCCC Administration and Communication Officer, Tupou M. Lanumata after attending the Regional Training Programme in Suva Fiji.
The month-long training aimed to educate people about strategies on how to eliminate violence against women and children. It consisted of 38 participants from the region, namely Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga and Fiji. It was organized by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) with their Director, Shamima Ali as the lead facilitator.
Lanumata indicated that the training taught her that there are many different forms of Violence Against Women. “It was a great opportunity for me to attend this very useful and enlightening training that has given me so much information to really help me with the work that I’m doing”.
WCCC staff came back with new ideas for their work in the broader Tongan community. “Violence is a reality for many Tongan women and children. We have to work together with relevant stakeholders and community in trying to address Violence Against Women, by conducting more awareness in the communities and to advance change” said Lanumata.