The convention was held at the St Marks, Parish in New Town mainly focusing on the three of the six mataqali’s or clans in the Solomon Community that reside in New Town, Nasinu.
Three of the clans include the Sadro clan, Wai clan and the Orobuli clan.
The convention ended on a high note with a total of 25 participants. Most of these participants expressed their gratitude towards the PVAWFFS Team, our Partners and facilitators for coming down to the community level and setting out a program as such. The workshop was facilitated by the PVAWFFS Team, in collaboration with Revd Tomu Asioli, Fiji Police Force representative, Ms Torika Raguru, Dauveivukei Counselling Support Officer, Revd. Mereti Rabonu and Sarach Carers Support Officer, Christina Tearawa.
The House of Sarah presented to the Southern Divisional Heads from the Fiji Police Force on the work they are doing. In high hopes and with the help of the Fiji Police Force, House of Sarah is looking forward to close partnership in our aim to stop violence against women and children.
Refresher Course Training for our new male community activists in New Town, facilitated by the PVAWFFS Team (Preventing Violence against Women in Fiji’s Faith Settings).
The workshop was conducted for the men in the Suva/ovalau archdeaconry. It was held at the St Luke’s church hall at Suva point. A total of 16 participants attended the evening session and 15 participants on to Saturday 28th November, 2020. The workshop was done in commemorate the 16 days of activism which starts from November 25 to December 10th of every year. The objective of the training was to increase the knowledge on violence against women and children and its impact, better understanding on violence against women and children can be prevented through change of mindset attitude and behavior, and thirdly to recognize that preventing violence against women and children is our collective responsibility. SASA! FAITH is an initiative in which leaders, members and allies of a religion come together to prevent violence against women. It involves a process of community mobilization – an approach and corresponding activities that engage everyone in living the faith based values of Justice, Peace and Dignity. SASA! Faith is implemented by and for the entire faith community. Everyone plays a role and everyone.
The Most Reverend Archbishop The Primate Fereimi Cama opened the two day convention for the Suva – Ovalau Men’s Archdeaconry Workshop on Preventing Violence Against Women. The two- day workshop was hosted at St Lukes Anglican Church, Hutson Street, Suva Point.
The training had been facilitated by Revd. Tomu Asioli and the PVAWFFS team (Preventing Violence against Women Fiji’s Faith Settings).
Community activists are the eyes and ears on the field for the PVAWFFS (Preventing Violence against Women in Fiji’s Faith Settings) Project, and are volunteers with the prevention team. The CA’s are regular men and women who make a long-term commitment to facilitating SASA! Faith activities within the broader faith community. The PVAWFFS Team work closely with communities in Matata, Wailoku and New Town.
The community activists got together at Edenville St, Toorak, Suva, for a refresher course and training on how to use the tools and resource materials and how to carry out their responsibilities when out in the field. The training ended on a high note with the CA’s leaving Edenville more knowledgeable, skilled and proficient on how to go about their work.
The leaders of the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga spoke out publicly against gender-based violence. This was a historic occasion since it is the first time that faith leaders spoke out publicly on the TV station. The campaign was the result of partnership between the House of Sarah, Pacific Conference of Churches and supported by the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office and the Pacific Partnership to End Violence against Women and Girls. The Tongan Faith Leaders video marked International Women’s Day 2020.