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Sexual Harassment Train the Trainers Workshop

ICAAD in partnership with The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) organised the first ever train the trainers workshop to raise awareness on combating sexual harassment in the workplace. The training targeted key stakeholders and agencies to strengthen implementation of laws and policies.

The 3-day training workshop was supported by the Australian Government, United States Embassy in Fiji, and implemented through the We Rise Coalition. It was especially timely as it coincided with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, with Nov. 25th marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and December 10th marking Human Rights Day. The training was held from Nov. 27- 29, 2017 at Victoria Palms Hotel in Suva, Fiji.

The training included participants from FWRM, Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, Medical Services Pacific, Empower Pacific, Ministry of Employment Productivity and Industrial Relations, and the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission.

The toolkit was developed by ICAAD and partner law firm Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips with both input and support from FWRM. Commenting on the workshop, ICAAD Co-Founder Jaspreet Singh said, “We are thrilled to have diverse participation ranging from government ministries to CSOs. The work we’ve done here will live on through the participants who will train employers throughout Fiji by providing them the tools needed to combat sexual harassment.”

One of the key findings that led to this training was that 82% of sexual harassment cases go unreported. “There’s an urgent need for awareness and training, to ensure that staff and workers know about the workplace policy and how to seek redress if they’ve been a victim/survivor of sexual harassment,” said Ms. Waqavonovono, Board Chair of FWRM. In the future, FWRM hopes to engage with other private sector organisations and stakeholders who have shown interest in the training. It will be an opportunity to utilise the training skills they’ve gained through this TOT [Training of Trainers] to promote safe workplaces.”

Thank you to the following partners:

Hon. Judith Beth Cefkin, U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu recognized ICAAD and FWRM for the training program in her speech at Fiji National University on combating violence against women in the region.



This Civil Rights and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’d like to challenge you to reflect on how fear may have influenced your opinions, especially of others, and to take a step towards the courage to overcome those fears. Why the focus on fear you might ask?

Famed marketer and author Simon Sinek in his book “Start with Why” outlines six typical manipulations used in sales and marketing, one of which is the use of fear. On fear, Sinek says, “When fear is being employed, facts are incidental. Deeply seated in our biological drive to survive, that emotion cannot be quickly wiped away with facts and figures.”

In the current political atmosphere, in the U.S. and around the globe, fear is often used by politicians and campaigners to polarize debates and to demonize marginalized communities, using them as scapegoats for the real economic, social, and political challenges that societies face.

Martin Luther King, Jr. understood how important fear is, so much so that he gave a sermon on it named “Antidotes for Fear.” It’s worth reading in its entirety, especially because it recognizes the importance, necessity, and creativity of fear (kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/draft-chapter-xiv-mastery-fear-or-antidotes-fear). However, particularly pertinent section was highlighted by King’s wife Coretta Scott King in her book “My life with Martin Luther King, Jr”:

“First Martin spoke of the many kinds of fear that troubled men and women in this period of change and "calamitous uncertainty"— fear of illness or economic disaster, fear of personal inadequacy in our highly competitive society. More terrible was the fear of death, even racial annihilation, in this atomic age, when the whole world teetered on "a balance of terror . . . fearful lest some diplomatic faux pas ignite a frightful holocaust."

"Some fears are normal and necessary," he said, like the fear of snakes in a jungle, but when they become neurotic and unchecked, they paralyze the will and reduce a man to apathy or despair. He quoted Emerson, who wrote, "He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear."

How, then, to overcome fear? First, Martin said, "We must un-flinchingly face our fears . . . this confrontation will, to some measure, grant us power. . . . "Second, we can master fear through one of the supreme virtues known to man— courage . . . courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.”"

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