Taskforce on Violence Against Women to be revived
November 11, 2014 6:06 pm
The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre and the Minister for Women have discussed the need to revive the task force on eliminating violence against women.
FWCC coordinator Shamima Ali believes this will be a way of addressing the issue of violence against women as NGO’s and the government will be working together
“Hopefully it will be revived and will stay there because it’s a very useful way in which instead of government and NGO ,CEO;s looking at each other from opposite poles they can come together ..we still have difference ,we are an advocacy group we’ll continue to encourage but we will also continue to criticize things that are going wrong and nothing has been done about it.”
Ali says service provided for survivors of violence is another issue that needs to be strengthened.
“For example police ,social welfare ,the judiciary and all the services providers ..And where the problems areas are ,what’s working ,what is not working so that we can all worked together on that and because she has the reach up to cabinet and be able to meet with various people far more easy then NGO’s ..We hoping she is quiet willing to take those things forward.”
Minister for Women Rosy Akbar is pleased with the meeting saying that women’s NGOs have a role in society and so does the National Women’s Machinery.