Fo­cus on skills to tackle vi­o­lence against women

Fiji Sun - - Nation - LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI Feed­back: litia.tikomailepanoni@fi­jisun.com.fj Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

Im­prov­ing of­fi­cers’ skills in deal­ing with cases of vi­o­lence against women and help­ing them un­der­stand gen­der dy­nam­ics will be the key is­sue to­day at the open­ing of the Po­lice Re­gional work­shop in Nadi.

Thirty Po­lice of­fi­cers will take part in the Re­gional Po­lice Train­ing Pro­gramme from 11 Pacific coun­tries which is fa­cil­i­tated by the Fiji Women’s Cri­sis Cen­tre (FWCC) and funded by the Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice (AFP) at the Hexagon Ho­tel from Novem­ber 7-18.

The train­ing will also help the of­fi­cers un­der­stand gen­der dy­nam­ics as well as laws re­lat­ing to gen­der-based vi­o­lence.

The two-week train­ing pro­gramme will also in­clude:

un­der­stand­ing gen­der and how it re­lates to vi­o­lence against women and girls;

un­der­stand­ing laws against gen­der-based vi­o­lence and re­lated leg­is­la­tion; and

im­prov­ing the work­ing re­la­tion­ships be­tween po­lice forces and or­gan­i­sa­tions that work in the area of elim­i­nat­ing vi­o­lence against women and girls. About 80 of­fi­cers have pre­vi­ously grad­u­ated from the re­gional train­ing course.

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