FWCC expands services
12 Mar, 2018
MORE people in the Western Division will be able to access services by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) after two new buildings were opened in Ba.
One of the buildings will be the new office for FWCC’s Ba branch, which presently houses about seven staff members.
FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali said this was an extremely important project for the FWCC.
“The Ba Centre was first established in 1992 and since then, it has been moving from place to place,” she said.
“We have secured funding from the Australian Government for this project and that has allowed us to buy these two buildings.”
She said the new premises were owned by FWCC, and the core funding to support the offices would be from the New Zealand Government.
“Right now, we don’t have to worry about moving because we have bought this and renovated it so we don’t need to worry about maintenance for at least 10 years.”
Ms Ali said the new centre would allow staff members to do their work a lot better and offer a wide range of services to women in the community.
One of the two buildings will also be transformed into a shelter for domestic violence victims.
Ms Ali said this would be located a few blocks away from the centre.
“We want to make it a shelter with ethical standards that is really, an emergency accommodation for victims of domestic violence.
Ms Ali said there were other agencies in the countries that ran similar shelters.
“This will be done by an organisation that responds to such situations and we have worked with experiences that have been women centred so we hope everything goes through because we have already planned for this.”
The centre caters for women in the Ba Province.
BY Shayal Devi
Monday, March 12, 2018