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.
ABOUT THE HOUSE OF SARAH
The House of Sarah offers a listening ear, support and a place of refuge to those who need it most. It has drawn many people to its doors who have deep needs for prayer and counselling. It has also grown to include a strong educational focus for the whole Pacific region, not just Fiji. Workshops are requested and the House spearheads a Break the Silence Sunday each year in November.
ABOUT THE LOGO
The hand is the most frequently symbolized part of the human body. It gives
blessing, it is expressive. According to Aristotle, the hand is the “tool of tools.” In general it is strength, power and protection. However, it can just as easily mean generosity, hospitality and stability; “lend a hand”. It is used in gestures of greeting and friendship. The colours used reflect the sunrise. For flexibility, colour can be changed for special occasions such as Easter, Fiji Day and Christmas