A new agreement has been formalised between Ministry of Women Children and Poverty Alleviation and Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) to facilitate a toll free national helpline.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will facilitate Government’s partnership with FWCC efforts in eliminating violence against women and children in the society.
FWCC coordinator Shamima Ali commended the partnership between Government and FWCC.
“We are grateful for the opportunity, when people asked me why is it so useful, you have always run a 24hour line?, well that wasn’t toll free, this one is toll free and accessible throughout but also we are able to bring this to the elimination of violence against women task force.”
“This is the second year we are signing a MOU between the Government agency and FWCC, the first time we did this was last year and we celebrate the fact that this is a huge recognition.”
Upon signing the MOU the Permanent Secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta highlighted that it is a proud moment for the ministry to continue with the good work that the centre has been doing in breaking the silence of violence against women and children.
“We are happy to continue, we work in close collaboration to look at the issues that are challenging for us and it’s a work of partnership truly holding hands together for the fight is bigger.”
“When you look at the victims and survivors of violence from their perspective this gives them an avenue to resort for assistance, for health at a time when it’s most needed and also for us to work together in many frontiers in as far as battling violence against women and children as well.”
The 24hour toll free national helpline was launched by the Prime Minister last year and Women and Children can call the number 1560 to receive assistance.