Women’s Crisis Centre Wins Top Award

16 Feb, 2018

The 2018 Mitchell Humanitarian Award was presented to the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre in a ceremony at The Australian National University on Tuesday night.

The Mitchell Humanitarian Award is an annual award that recognises individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to the cause of international development and who have been supported by Australian aid.

“This reward is a reflection of how ongoing multiyear funding over nearly three decades has enabled the FWCC to consistently challenge a society where patriarchal norms, attitudes and behaviour continue to violate womens’ human rights in every sphere of society,” FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali said after receiving the award.

“We have been able to build best practice and roll it out throughout the Pacific and support members of the Pacific Women’s Network against Violence against Women.”

The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) was established in Suva, Fiji, in 1984. Since then, it has provided crisis counselling and legal, medical and other practical support services for women and children who are survivors of violence.

Its awareness raising and advocacy is widely recognised as having been path-breaking, and it has played a pivotal role in both Fiji and the broader Pacific region, spawning similar organisations in other countries, and resulting in changes not only in laws and policies but also in attitudes.

The FWCC started receiving support from the Australian aid programme in 1990; that support continues to this day.

Professor Stephen Howes, of the ANU Development Policy Centre, which administers the award, commented: “FWCC’s success is an outstanding example of what can be achieved by a dedicated group able to access long-term support from the Australian aid programme.”

The Mitchell Humanitarian Award is named after Mr Harold Mitchell AC, a leading Australian businessperson and international philanthropist. A distinguished selection panel choose the awardee. The panel is chaired by Ms Stephanie Copus-Campbell, Executive Director with the Oil Search Foundation, and includes Ms Jo Chandler, award-winning journalist, and Mr Bob McMullan, former Parliamentary Secretary for International Development.

The centre was presented with the 2018 Mitchell Humanitarian Award trophy and $10,000.

Source: http://fijisun.com.fj/2018/02/16/womens-crisis-centre-wins-top-award/

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