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Gender workshop for 20 senior police officers

The Police Commissioner, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho and UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in Fiji, Osnat Lubrani today officiated at the opening of Fiji Women Crisis Center (FWCC) training of 20 senior police officers. The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre in partnership with UNDP will facilitate training sessions this week at the invitation of […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

April 11, 2016 9:53 am

The Police Commissioner, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho and UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in Fiji, Osnat Lubrani today officiated at the opening of Fiji Women Crisis Center (FWCC) training of 20 senior police officers.

The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre in partnership with UNDP will facilitate training sessions this week at the invitation of the Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho, who will join 20 of his senior officers for the workshop focussed on gender, violence against women and human rights.

The workshop will take place over five half-days beginning today, at the police headquarters, Vinod Patel building in Centrepoint, Suva.

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The Police Commissioner, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho and a UNDP representative at today’s workshop opening (FWCC)

Fiji Women Crisis Centre Coordinator, Shamima Ali, will lead the training supported by the staff of the FWCC in Suva.

Shamima Ali said the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre has had a long working relationship with the Fiji Police but this is the first time training will be conducted at the highest level of the force.

Among other issues, the workshop aims to help senior officers improve their understanding of violence against women and girls, including gender relations and how this relates to violence against women and girls.

The workshop will also help officers increase their skills and sensitivity in responding appropriately to female victims reporting gender-based violence, and help them better understand the Crimes Decree, Domestic Violence Decree and related laws.

Fiji Women Crisis Center Coordinator, Shamima Ali at today workshop
Fiji Women Crisis Center Coordinator, Shamima Ali at today workshop

The workshop emerged from discussions between newly confirmed Commissioner, Sitiveni Qiliho and Ms Ali on how senior officers can mentor and better instruct the officers in their charge on the issue of violence against women and girls.

Supported by funding from UNDP, the FWCC is responding to the Commissioner’s recognition of the urgent need for officers to be able to better understand the broad range of issues surrounding violence against women and girls in Fiji and pass that learning on to their police colleagues.

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