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First of its kind Toolkit launched

April 30, 2015 6:05 pm

A toolkit to help eliminate Violence against Women and Girls with disabilities has been launched in Suva yesterday.

The Toolkit is the first of its kind for Fiji and the Pacific.

Pacific Disability Forum chief executive officer Seteraki Macanawai says the Toolkit is a collection of stories and experiences of women and girls in the community who have gone through some form of violence or abuse and how they handled the situation.

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“The toolkit is addressing greater awareness of Women and Girls with disabilities and the discrimination against them and the Human rights level – its for the Community.”

Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja reiterated the importance of giving these women a voice and helping people understand the issues they face.

“I’m absolutely delighted to honoured to launch this toolkit today especially because it’s the first to be developed both in Fiji and in the Pacific region. I really hope it will assist service providers and support organisations to better address Violence against Women and Girls with disabilities and make prevention of violence against ALL women a priority.”

The toolkit took two years to compile and was a joint effort by UN Women, Pacific Disability Forum along with the Australian Government and other agencies that made the launch today a success.

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