Five participants from the Tonga Women and Children Crisis Centre attended the 7th meeting of the pacific women’s network against violence against women in Fiji.
The Network first met in 1992 with 15 representatives from 15 Pacific countries. The 7th meeting , 24 years later gathered more than 60 members from across the pacific who work in the area of EVAW. The meeting looked back at the last four years since the 6th meeting. It was a regional discussion of the network’s achievements, the barriers and challenges. An agreed outcomes document for the way forward was also developed. Each country was also able to identify its own achievements and gaps to be improved, and the need for ongoing support, and strong partnerships in this area of work.
“we also made tributes to human rights defenders and activists who had passed away over the last four years, yet their legacy remains with the network. They have passed on leaving us now to continue this good but hard work,” said Lesila To’ia the WCCC’s staff team leader who attended the There was also space given to the West Papuan delegation. Attending the meeting to tell their stories. As a result a great sense of solidarity was felt amongst the network with strong linkages made between the countries with the West Papuan women.
Facilitating the meeting was the WCCC Director ’Ofakilevuka Guttenbeil LIkiliki, Shamima Ali FWCC Coordinator and VWC’s Coordinator Merilyn Tahi.
The meeting agreed to have the network regional meeting every two years.
The meeting was held at Sigatoka’s Warwick Resort in August for one week.