The regional training has been on-going since its inception in 1995. To date more than 600 women and men from around the region and Fiji have undergone the training.
The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre as Secretariat of the Pacific Women’s Network on Violence Against Women, conducts the training twice a year. There are 13 Pacific member countries with twenty four organisations addressing the issue of violence against women and children in their diverse communities.
The training comprises a total of 4 weeks and is available to women and men working in the area of violence against women and children – from providing counselling support, carrying out lobbying and advocacy and awareness in the communities on these issues.
In week 4 the participants further enhance what was learnt in the previous 3 weeks in the areas of data collection processes, documentations, setting up of exhibitions, campaigns and running workshops, lobbying and advocacy. A new aspect of the regional training is the men’s advocacy training on violence against women and women’s human rights.
An additional 1 week to the 4 weeks is referred to as the Attachment. This is optional but specifically aimed at women. During this week, participants work alongside FWCC’s experienced staff and have exposure and hands-on experience with the full scope of crisis services, ranging from counselling and paralegal skills through to Centre management, administration, advocacy and education programs.
- Funding to attend this training is the sole responsibility of the sending organisation.
- Interest of attendance has to reach us in writing 1-2 months before the training begins.
- Upon receipt of the RTP application form this automatically confirms participation therefore FWCC will begin accommodation bookings and other preparations. (It is important to only send filled application form when funding has been secured.)
- Attached to this RTP Brief is a copy of the RTP costing and an application form for the Regional Training Program.
To date we have had participation from the police, churches, women’s NGO’s, teachers, welfare and other government department officers and interested individuals from the region and local. Training manuals and materials handed out are simplified, user-friendly and participants are able to use these resources in their communities upon completion of the training.
Other resource people conducting sessions throughout the training are knowledgeable in their area of work. FWCC is always in search of resource people who have the ability to relate their issue in the context of the Pacific. We encourage them to use non-technical terms and to allow room for discussions.
We are confident that participants will be able to bring about attitudinal, behavioural changes and contribute to the elimination of violence against women and children in their communities after undergoing the FWCC regional training program.