The Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Josefa Koroivueta was at the Centre for Appropriate Technology and Development (CATD) in Nadave, Tailevu officiating at the REACH Capacity Building Workshop.
The workshop was focused on strengthening the participant’s capacity to be more gender inclusive, reflecting on opportunities for improvement and developing qualitative indicators that will accommodate the plights of the vulnerable groups during service delivery.
In his address, Dr. Koroivueta echoed sentiments to the Government departments aside from the Ministry of Women and the Legal Aid Commission who were participating in the workshop.
“I acknowledged the presence of the representatives from the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, the Provincial Council, the Fiji Police Force, Fiji Association for the Deaf and the Ministry of Justice. The participation of these agencies ropes in the opportunity to create unity amongst the officers and breaks the silo that exists among us”
Dr. Koroivueta added that some Fijians are oblivious of the services that are made available to them by Government because most of them are restricted with geography and physical challenges and the high transportation cost.
“Most Fijians are oblivious of the nature of services that are made available for them by the Government; some of them are restricted from accessing services due to their physical or geographical challenges and some incur exorbitant cost of transportation’s”
The REACH Programme has been the ambit of the Government that has been working with key government agencies to provide socio – economic and legal opportunities to all Fijians despite their remote locations and distance.
Dr. Koroivueta added that REACH will be the solution to bridge the challenges and with the integrated approach that REACH is moving into provides a more effective and efficient service delivery approach during the outreach sessions.
REACH has provided awareness to 14,389 people that is to 6,733 women, 6,736 men and 920 children and 18,701 people comprising of 10,348 women and 8,353 were delivered services on Legal Aid, Social Welfare, Services for Women, human rights and other governmental department services. In terms of the areas covered, the project has reached a total of 719 communities in the 120 districts across the 14 provinces in Fiji and Rotuma.
The workshop was organized as a result of the projects’ Mid Term Review that was conducted in the beginning of the year. There are 35 participants attending this workshop which will conclude on the 10th of May 2018.