Two members of the SVSG (Juniors) who are also staff members of SVSG, namely Mr. Franziska Sione and Mr. Mane Su’a will represent Samoa Victim Support Group to the Partner Seminar and Visit organized by the Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) in New Delhi from 12 – 16 March 2019.
The Seminar is Phase 2 of the ‘Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Men & Boys Engage Project’ lead by Centro Rural Joven Vida (CERUJOVI), a non-profit organization based in Spain. Cerujovi is partnering with five international organisations including the Emancipator in Nethelands, the Youth First in Madagascar, the Foundation for Innovative Social Development in Sri Lanka, the Centre for Health and Social Justice in India and Samoa Victim Support Group, Samoa.
The Project aims at building capacity among youth through exchanges and cooperation between the partners; promoting transnational non-formal learning between the youth of the represented countries.
And the Project continues to gather momentum as it is increasingly becoming clear that it is not possible to end violence against women if we do not also consider men as agents of change.
The Seminar in New Delhi is therefore an important component of the shared learning process and focuses on understanding and learning the different methodologies used by different organisations in the process of working with men.
The SVSG representatives will share on good practices such as the SVSG Men’s Advocacy Group and the SVSG Youth Empowerment Program for the court referred men and young offenders of violence.
In addition, educational awareness on anti-bullying in schools, and mentorship programs such as buddying up with child vendors and shelter children will be shared during the seminar.
While the stratergies to end violence against women and girls continue to be an evolution, SVSG believes that for any new strategies to work, we should always be cultural sensitive to achieve buy in and support.