23 Nov 2016

NRL to advocate ending violence against women in the Pacific

7:58 pm on 23 November 2016

The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre is teaming up with sports bodies in its campaign to end violence against women.

Fiji made the semi final of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

Fiji made the semi final of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. Photo: AFP

It has signed a five-year memorandum of understanding with the Australian National Rugby League and the Fiji National Rugby League to help them run programmes that use the sport's platform to prevent violence.

The NRL's Voice Against Violence program will be implemented in Fiji and the Pacific over coming months, with players, officials and administrators receiving training on gender, violence against women and human rights.

Fiji Women Crisis Centre Co-ordinator Shamima Ali shares her extensive experience and knowledge from working to end violence against women and girls.

Fiji Women Crisis Centre Co-ordinator Shamima Ali shares her extensive experience and knowledge from working to end violence against women and girls. Photo: Supplied / UN Women

The Crisis Centre's co-ordinator Shamima Ali said the NRL works with young people and one of the best global prevention strategies is working with young people, particularly young men.

The NRL's General Manager of Community Programs, Ellen Beale, said the sport's stance is that violence against women and children is never acceptable.

She said the NRL's key messages are stand up, speak out and take action to contribute to the prevention of violence against women and children.

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