May 18 2006

PRESS RELEASE

Community Workers to Learn About Family Law

THIRTY-THREE community workers will next week get the chance to learn all about the Family Law Act and the newly-established Family Court.  

The Family Law Act Community Paralegal Training, to be held at the Pacific Theological College from 22nd to 26th May, is the first segment of a two part training programme for Community Paralegals and other community workers.  

The Fiji Women's Rights Movement (FWRM) and the Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) will be facilitating the training, including the second segment on HIV/AIDS & Human Rights to be held in August.

"Between 2000 and 2001, we trained a total of 23 Community Paralegals (CPs) in human rights. The CPs have been stationed in their respective communities, providing support to marginalised groups, and have also helped voice their community concerns through their networks," said FWRM Executive Director Virisila Buadromo.

"This year we are again bringing together the group of CPs and have also invited community workers from various organisations to undertake training on the new Family Law Act, and HIV/AIDS and human rights."


The training programmes are geared towards building the capacity of Community Paralegals and community workers to further train within their communities and disseminate information on Family Law and HIV/AIDS. Their involvement means that there will be community outreach about the new Family Court system and HIV/AIDS awareness, as well as first-hand support for the more marginalised communities in Fiji.

The first five-day training session will focus on the new Family Law Act and will be conducted from 22nd 26th May. The second five-day workshop will be conducted from 14th 18th August, on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights.


ENDS.