The Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) convened faith-based organisations (FBOs) in Tarawa in November 2017, to discuss human rights and the common values required for positive faith based support for the implementation of the Te Rau n Te Mwenga Act (Family Peace Act; FPA) and awareness raising around it. Other objectives of this consultation included the establishment and development of strong partnership with government and other key stakeholders along with setting out national framework, guiding principles and initiatives on faith based action to end violence against women.
The Ministry of Justice has engaged FBOs on Tarawa in an ongoing dialogue to support and strengthen the implementation of the FPA from common ground between human rights-based and faith-based approaches to ending violence against women and set a platform for marrying these two approaches to support the implementation of Te Rau n te Mwenga Act. The consultation participants agreed that principles and cultural values that are aligned to non-discrimination, equality, human dignity, safety and security of the person; access to justice, duty of care, love, peace and fullness of life were common to both human rights and faith-based approaches and could underpin this work going forward.
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