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Police gender based violence workshop ends

A landmark workshop on gender-based violence facilitated by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) for the most senior officers of the Fiji Police Force concluded at the police headquarters in Nabua yesterday. The week-long workshop was the first time the top-tier of the Fiji Police Force had undergone training by the FWCC on gender, violence against […]

Peni Shute

April 16, 2016 11:23 am

A landmark workshop on gender-based violence facilitated by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) for the most senior officers of the Fiji Police Force concluded at the police headquarters in Nabua yesterday.

Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho, Minister for Women Hon. Rosy Akbar, and FWCC Coordinator Shamima Ali yesterday. (FWCC)
UNDP Representative resident Osnat Lubrani, Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho, Minister for Women Hon. Rosy Akbar, and FWCC Coordinator Shamima Ali yesterday. (FWCC)

The week-long workshop was the first time the top-tier of the Fiji Police Force had undergone training by the FWCC on gender, violence against women, human rights and legal issues.

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar officiated at the closing of the workshop and called on the Fiji Police Force to improve its performance in the handling of cases of violence against women.

Personal commitment to this important issue is essential for officers at your level as you have the authority and the leadership to make sure there is follow up and constructive outcomes that will improve the atrocious conditions currently experienced by women in our society.

As police officers, one takes an oath to honesty and dedication which is “vital” in protecting women and children from abuse.

Senior police officers were advised to put skills learnt from the workshop into practice and to reach out to other officers across Fiji.

I would like to plead to the senior officers, who have benefited from this training, to please put those skills into practice, and to reachout to the other officers across Fiji, manning police stations and police posts to ensure the dissemination of information and knowledge received during this workshop. It is vital for information filter down to all levels for it to be actioned on the ground.

Participants of the Gender-based workshop. (FWCC)
Participants of the Gender-based violence workshop. (FWCC)

As police officers, one is legally obligated to enforce measures to promote the safety of victims of domestic violence, particularly women and children. This information and commitment must be emphasized at all levels and at all police stations.

Minister Rosy Akbar said that the Ministry is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the success of our national gender policy and ensure that gender equality is a strong thread woven through all our work.

Police Commissioner, Brigadier General, Sitiveni Qiliho said that he recognised that improvements were required in the police force when handling issues relating to gender-based violence.

Brigadier General Qiliho said the challenge for officers now would be implementing their learning during the workshop.

The week-long workshop was facilitated by FWCC Coordinator Shamima Ali and UNDP Representative resident Osnat Lubrani with the Fiji Police force.

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