(Photo: Sponsored by KOICA, WHRCK implemented "Capacity Building Training Program for VAW Victim Support Officers". The opening ceremony was held at the KOICA on Oct 6)
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (President Kim, In Shik) and the Women’s Human Rights Commission of Korea (President Kang, Wolgoo) implemented “Capacity Building Training Program for VAW(Violence Against Women) Victim Support Officers” over two weeks from October 6 to 19 targeting officials from developing countries.
A total of 28 participants attended the training program. They included public officials, prosecutors, lawyers, and law enforcement officers from 13 countries (Ghana, Nepal, Dominican Republic, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Iraq, Indonesia, Cambodia, Columbia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Palestine, and the Philippines).
The goal of this training program was to strengthen the capacity of participants to design and implement legislation and policies needed to prevent violence against women and establish victim support systems within the contexts of their home countries. The curriculum consisted of lectures by experts in women’s policies and violence against women, including human trafficking for sexual exploitation, prostitution, sexual violence, and domestic violence. As part of the training program, participants also visited the Seoul Crisis Intervention Center for Women and Children that provides one-stop services to VAW victims, the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Dasihamkke Counseling Center (Dasi means “again” and Hamkke means “together”) that offers medical and legal support for victims of prostitution, and the Women’s Human Rights Commission of Korea.
During the Country Report presentation session in the training program, participants presented country reports analyzing the major issues and challenges facing the VAW systems in their respective countries and establishing customized Action Plans based on what they learned from South Korea’s VAW prevention laws, policies and VAW victim support systems.
Participants’ feedback on the training program was overall highly positive. Describing the content of the training program as practical and highly satisfactory, they hoped that this training program will foster international cooperation in efforts to eradicate violence against women.
“Public officials from developing countries showed great interest in the field of VAW victim support. We were told that this practice-based training combined with visits to field organizations was considered especially beneficial as they learned about South Korea’s victim support policies and systems,” said the KOICA Capacity Development Program Team.
WHRCK President Kang Wol-goo highlighted that violence against women is a grave violation of women’s human rights and a product of discrimination against women. She said, “We hope that this training program contributes to creating effective victim support systems suited to the needs of each participating country.”
(Photo: Closing ceremony was held on Oct 18)
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