Women leaders learn the importance of good governance in Nokonoko, Ra
Women and youth leaders in Nokonoko Village will develop their understanding of good governance and how it can improve their lives at a two day workshop being delivered by Transparency International (TI) Fiji this week.
The workshop, being presented in the i-taukei language aims to empower leaders in the village, with information on good governance and how the principles of transparency, accountability and consensus can lead to more effective and inclusive decision making in the community, and more efficient implementation of decisions.
TI Fiji will also introduce its Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) and Youth Integrity Promotion Programme to the community, and discuss how these activities can assist members of the Nokonoko Village. TI Fiji’s ALAC programme provides free legal advice for victims and witnesses of corruption, and it assists with corruption-related complaints. The ALAC team will be available at the conclusion of the first day of the workshop to provide preliminary legal assistance.
TI Fiji’s Youth Integrity Promotion Programme, incorporating the Youth Integrity Survey being undertaken in July and August, will also be introduced. Nokonoko youth will be encouraged to contribute and participate in TI Fiji’s activities that promote integrity and advocate against corruption.
The workshop in Nokonoko is a follow-on from TI Fiji’s workshop for women leaders in the Tikina of Naroko in Rakiraki, Ra, held in Rewasa in April. Participants at that workshop enjoyed learning about effective leadership and the responsibilities of committees, and developed action plans for their respective communities that included succession planning and skills development.
TI Fiji Chair, Mr. Apsilome Tudreu, will facilitate the first session of the workshop and says that it’s important for regional communities to have access to information and assistance available from organisations such as TI Fiji. Mr Tudreu said "TI Fiji can assist in providing training workshops on good governance and civic awareness that help local leaders to be more effective and fair in undertaking their roles. TI Fiji also provides free legal advice for anyone who may be a victim of corruption. This workshop in Nokonoko is a great opportunity for TI Fiji to once again show that we can help individuals and empower them with a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities."
Special Administrator of the Rakiraki Town Council, Ms Seini Vunivutu-Raiko will open the training session at 8.30am on Tuesday 26 June.
Women leaders in Rewasa discuss the attributes of a good leader, April 2012
Workshop participants valued the two day session, and requested TI Fiji present to other local leaders too
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