World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Violence Against Women Focus Of Regional Police Training

SUVA (4 Nov 2016) - Police officers from 11 Pacific countries will gather in Nadi next week for a workshop funded by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) aimed at improving the officers’ skills in dealing with cases of violence against women, helping them understand gender dynamics as well as laws relating to gender-based violence.

Thirty police officers will participate in the Regional Police Training Program facilitated by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) at the Hexagon Hotel from 7-18 November.

Represented during the training will be Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The AFP-FWCC Regional Police Training Program was first held in 2014, with this being the fourth. In May 2016, a Regional Police Training was held in the Federated States of Micronesia, the first of its kind for officers in the Northern Pacific countries.

So far, 80 police officers from around the region have graduated from the previous training courses.

“Police officers are usually the first official responders to violence against women," said Shamima Ali, Coordinator of FWCC and the lead instructor on the course. “With the high prevalence rates of violence against women in the Pacific, it is vital that officers understand the dynamics of this violence and how perpetrators operate so they are better able to recognise these when confronted by intimate partner violence, rape and sexual assault," said Ms Ali.

“If police officers are sensitised to the issue of gender-based violence, they will be able to handle cases sensitively and with the corresponding confidence in police forces will come the willingness by survivors to report the offences perpetuated against them.”

The objectives of the two-week training program include understanding gender and how it relates to violence against women and girls, understanding laws against gender-based violence and related legislation, and improving the working relationships between police forces and organisations that work in the area of eliminating violence against women and girls.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Covid: 250 Groups Urge WTO Chief To Ditch Pharma-Friendly Approach And Embrace Vaccine Patent Waiver

by Jake Johnson, staff writer An international coalition of 250 civil society groups on Tuesday urged the head of the World Trade Organization to embrace a temporary suspension of coronavirus vaccine-related patents, warning against pursuit of a voluntary ... More>>

Samoa’s Stunning Election Result: On The Verge Of A New Ruling Party For The First Time In 40 Years

Tamasailau Suaalii Sauni , University of Auckland and Patricia A. O'Brien , Georgetown University Samoan politics is on a knife edge. After the country voted in general elections on April 9, counting so far has resulted in a dead heat between the two ... More>>

Timor-Leste: UN Agencies Support Response In Wake Of Deadly Floods

United Nations agencies in Timor-Leste are supporting response efforts, as floods and landslides left widespread damage across the country, including in the capital, Dili. According to media reports, at least 21 people died in the country and many ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

C40: UN Secretary-General's Remarks To Meeting With Leading Mayors Supported By Cities

UN Secretary-General's remarks to Meeting with Leading Mayors Supported by C40 Cities: “Advancing a Carbon-Neutral, Resilient Recovery for Cities and Nations” 16 April 2021 Thank you for joining me today, and for your commitment and leadership. Cities ... More>>

Awake At Night: S3-Episode 21: There Is Hope

Brazzaville visit to CSI Pilote du Diabete with Health workers at a local government clinic. 2018 - Photo: ©CSI/Dr. Soumya Swaminathan 'When it comes to a pandemic, it really needs global collaboration and solidarity because the pathogens and viruses More>>

UN: Growing Calls For Revamping Development Financing To Ensure Sustainable Global Recovery From COVID-19 Pandemic

Forum to highlight new initiatives to tackle inequalities exacerbated by pandemic With many economies reeling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as inequalities continue to widen, world leaders will discuss options to unlock concrete investments ... More>>