The Gaga’ifomauga district in Savai’i has won an award for a short skit or a song competition focusing on gender-based violence and health-related issues.
The presentation ceremony took place yesterday during the National Beautification Awards, which was hosted by Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development at Tooa Salamasina hall.
Minister for Women, Community and Social Development, Faimalotoa Iemaima Kika Stowers-Ah Kau, said it is important to maintain peace and security within the communities and villages.
“There has been rapid growth of violence within families and our country. It is with this concern that we need to emphasise that working together with village council, church representatives and especially parents.
“We call upon you all to rise up and stand up, so we are can work for a better future and for our future generation, to live in a safe and secured environment.
“Lastly, your support and contribution in advocating for ending violence in Samoa is also commended,” she said.
Faimalotoa appealed to everyone to continue to take the lead in ensuring that villages, families and children live happily in a secured and peaceful environment, and to enjoy a good quality of life.
“I wish to express my sincerest gratitude to our Development partners for their ongoing support and assistance that allowed us to realize our dream of ‘Having Safer Families, Stronger Communities’.
According to the C.E.O. of the Ministry, Afamasaga Faauiga Palepua Mulitalo, a total of 11 districts participated in the competition.
“The criteria for each constituency were to develop their own activity and the winners used songs to convey messages of awareness to end violence and the danger of non-communicable diseases.
“This is the first time we have conducted this awarding ceremony and this is all part of our District Development Plans (DDP), we are trying to use the DDP as the overarching framework for community development so with whatever assistance we get from our partners we try to use this mechanism to deliver it to our communities,” Afamasaga said.
The Vaa o Fonoti district won in the Upolu category.