The workshop, which follows an introduction training in 2017, aims to provide more than 25 community advocates gathered today, who are members of youth groups, faith-based groups, CSOs and others, with an opportunity to refresh their knowledge on human rights principles, human rights-based approach, Fiji’s social and legal services, gender equality, and other important topics. The service providers from government agencies, institutions and civil society organizations will assist the participants with their expertise.
Legal Aid Commission Acting Director Mr. Shahin Ali said, “The Legal Aid Commission provides a variety of legal services in relation to civil, criminal and family laws to all Fijians, particularly to those who are unable to exercise their right to access justice for economic reasons. It is my pleasure to provide these community advocates with information about the legal aid services provided by the Legal Aid Commission and strengthen the role they play in communities.”
During the workshop, community advocates will reflect on their experience and put their upgraded skills into practice in the communities as part of the workshop.
UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Resident Representative Mr. Levan Bouadze said in his statement, “We have proven that reaching out to communities and working with them are the most effective ways to bring about change for sustainable development. Each community advocate will be a change maker in Fijian society by promoting respect for human rights and access to justice.”
The community advocates will also learn the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals, particularly the focus of the Fiji Access to Justice Project which is Goal 16 - to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels; and Goal 5 to achieve gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls.
The community advocates workshop will end on Friday 4 October 2019 with each action plan.
For more information, please contact:
Tomoko Kashiwazaki, Advocacy and Outreach, UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: +679 942 2193
Kamni Narayan, Communications Unit - European Union, email: Kamni.NARAYAN@eeas.europa.eu; tel: +679 3313 633 ext. 115 or Mohammed-Nazeem Kasim, email: Mohammed-Nazeem.KASIM@eeas.europa.eu; tel: +679 3313 633 ext. 110 or mobile: +679 9920 597;