20 Feb 2018

Fiji Women's Crisis Centre wins humanitarian award

5:32 pm on 20 February 2018

The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre says funding from a humanitarian award will help extend its work in Fiji and the region.

Fiji Women's Crisis Centre Co-ordinator, Shamima Ali.

Fiji Women's Crisis Centre Co-ordinator, Shamima Ali. Photo: Supplied

The centre provides counselling as well as legal, medical and other support for women and children who are survivors of violence.

The centre won $US8000 as part of the Australian National University's 2018 Mitchell Humanitarian award.

Director Shamima Ali said that money was on top of its main funders, Australia and New Zealand.

She said the #metoo campaign had shone the global spotlight on domestic and workplace violence against women and more work was needed.

"It is not just the workplace, it is schools, it is on the streets, and in our own homes by our own relatives. It is a good campaign to really raise awareness globally but in the Pacific we have really been working on it and this just gives us another push."

The award recognises individuals or organisations supported by Australian aid who make outstanding contributions.

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