FWCC to conduct gender training for Pohnpei police recruits

FWCC coordinator Shamima Ali in a recent regional workshop for police officers. Picture: FT FILE

FIFTY Federated States of Micronesia police recruits will soon undertake gender, violence against women and human rights training facilitated by the Fiji Women’s Crises Centre.

The training will be conducted by FWCC coordinator Shamima Ali who has been invited by the head of Pohnpei Police Johnny Santos to conduct training for his officers.

Mr Santos, in a statement, said the training would be a boost for his officers because he had attended the same training.

“This is a very important subject for me – all of us commissioners from the states have undergone this training. As a result, I requested Shamima to come and undertake the training for you as I knew this was a very important opportunity,” he said.

“I learned so much from this training and I know how good it is. I learnt about how women wake up in the morning and start work straight away. She cooks, looks after the kids and cleans all day and we go to the office or to work and we think that all she does is stay home and does nothing. We have to stop this type of thinking. We need to look at how we treat our wives at home and ask ourselves if this is right.”

According to Ms Ali, about 90 per cent of those officers had very limited knowledge on gender, violence against women and human rights.

“That’s perfect because it’s a sign that this training will be useful to you in your personal lives and police work. I’ve been doing this training for more than 20 years and I have seen the impact that it has on people’s lives and work,” she said in the statement.

The training is being supported by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Pacific Police Development Program – Regional (PPDP-R) in collaboration with the FWCC and the Tonga Women and Children Crisis Centre (WCCC).