Koro Island Reaches A Milestone
26 Nov, 2017
More than six hundred community members from Koro Island kick-started the 16 Days of Activism by coming together to mark the renowned International Day for Protesting Against Violence Against Women on 25 November. This marked the first-time ever for Koro Island gathering together to mark the significant global event.
The newly established Elimination of Violence Against Women Committee (EVAW Committee), an initiative of the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC), in partnership with the Koro Crime Prevention Committee organised a peaceful protest march from Nabua Village to Vatulele Village.
Lavenita Tuitabu, a counsellor from the FWCC said, “this is the importance and advantage of having a EVAW Committee on the island, where there is no FWCC branch office, because we are then able to work closely with the EVAW committee to ensure services and support is available to their communities. When you are so isolated and far away from the main support services, you need to have something in place that can offer immediate support and the committee plays that important role and they can also ensure that our key messages around ending VAW and girls is ongoing. Look at what they have organised today, this is a great example of their role and impact.”
Leading the historical march was the Koro Police and the Chief of Vatulele Village, Superintendent of the Koro Methodist Church, Nabuna District Reverend, the Vice President for the Crime Prevention Committee, a representative from the Crime Prevention Committee of Mudu Village and Lavenia Tuitabu representing FWCC and the Koro EVAW Committee.