N.G.O. rolls out anti-violence awareness training

The Matuaileoo Environment Trust Inc. is running a training programme for the 'taiala' so that they will be ready to deliver their key message to the community on the ills of family violence.

The M.E.T.I. Executive Director, Dr. Walter Vermullen, confirmed this during a phone interview with the Samoa Observer.

"We are doing training right now for the 10 taiala who are here with us. There are 10 from both Upolu and Savaii," he said. "Our training will go on for about four to six weeks. After six weeks we will be going to different communities to make sure that our message is heard."

There are five taiala from the big island and the other five from Upolu with their training run by the non-government organisation for four to six weeks.

The M.E.T.I. launched a book which targets a public reading audience, especially adults with its main goal being the minimization of family violence, which they believe is widespread in Samoa.

A young woman, Taisali Kone, applauded the N.G.O. for providing such lessons which she said the people of Samoa needed to hear.

"I am diagnosed with diabetes and I am following that M.E.T.I. page, and it was really fascinating when your newspaper published an article about the new vision and the new book by M.E.T.I. Family violence is a crime that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. We cannot wait any longer we must act now before it's too late."

According to Mrs Kone, she is saddened to see videos being uploaded on social media of women getting abused by their husbands, and she hopes that by the book could save lives.

"I have seen so many videos of women being abused by their husbands and I don't think the husband have any right to assault a woman like that, but I just hope that the M.E.T.I. will succeed in their upcoming program," she added.

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