FIJI: Gender Talks

Friday, April 8, 2011
Fiji Times
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Fiji Women's Crisis Centre hopes to create a society where people are aware of gender equality.

FWCC national co-ordinator Shamima Ali said women would enjoy their rights like men if there was gender equality.

Ms Ali said the centre was hopeful that trainers in gender equality would be able to work with various communities in their home countries and create awareness to ensure women enjoy their rights.

The centre has organised a gender train the trainers workshop at the Lagoon Resort in Pacific Harbour through funding by AusAID.

Participants from Nauru, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Tonga and Fiji are attending the second week of the workshop.

"We are training the trainers to deepen their understanding to address gender inequalities," she said.

"This kind of training is essential for government policy makers and legislators in the Pacific as policies and legislations are often blind ù they don't take into consideration the women."

Australia-based gender trainer Dr Juliet Hunt told the trainers yesterday to critically analyse documents including policies, budgets, projects, media reports and other things from a gender perspective.