WCCC Director, ‘Ofa Guttenbeil Likiliki and WCCC Youth Advocate, Soana Pongi were fortunate to take part in this year’s Pacific Regional Consultation on Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls. The consultation was held in Nadi, Fiji from the 12th to 14th of September. The objectives of the consultation were:
- Engage in critical conversations and knowledge sharing on current approaches to violence prevention.
- Strengthen the collective understanding of what a transformational approach to violence prevention includes
- Develop principles to guide Primary Prevention work in the Pacific
A series of panel discussions was carried out to identify current approaches to violence prevention from all over the Pacific. Guttenbeil-Likiliki presented in one of the panel discussions: “The Role of Service Delivery in Prevention Violence Against Women”.
“What I presented was the fact that response and prevention work cannot be done in isolation from each other and that both should be carried out in unison for the most meaningful impact,” said Guttenbeil-Likiliki.
The most significant outcome of the consultation was the development of 6 core principles to guide Primary Prevention in the Pacific.
These Core Principles states that Primary prevention must be Accountable to women and girls, DO NO HARM, Human Rights Based Approach, Inclusive, Gender Transformative and Informed by Context.
“The Do No Harm Principle seems like a simple principle but it is in fact one of the core failures of many EVAW programs throughout the Pacific and we need to be more careful moving forward,” said Guttenbeil-Likiliki.