The commitment from village leaders registered as SVSG Village Representatives to the research study to develop indigineous approaches to prevent violence against women, highlighted a buy in from the selected villages of the study.
Visiting the SVSG office were the selected village representatatives from Falefa, namely Alaiasa Tavita and Seletuta Taunuu, together with their mentor, Paupusi Chricton, to discuss with SVSG matters of concern involving violence in their community. This is part and partial of the village representatives roles in villages, being the eyes and ears of SVSG in ensuring that families are safe from violence.
Here are village leaders who are diligent in their roles as agents of change, thus taking the initiative to seek help before any violent situation escalates.
SVSG President was overwhelmed with the support from the SVSG village representatives of Falefa to eliminate violence from within our communities and families. This is especially during this time of the year as the nation and the world are implemeting activities throughout the 16 Days of Activism, from 25 November to 10 December, to end violence against women and children.
Falefa is one of the 10 villages included in the EVE Project; a research study currently conducted by SVSG in partnership with local villages, funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and based at University College London (UCL) in the UK. The EVE Project, referred to locally as E Le Sauā Le Alofa (Love Shouldn’t Hurt) is a 4 year project that will develop a new approach to researching violence against women that is uniquely Samoan.