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THE Solomon Warriors football club took part in an awareness training session of the ‘Red Cardim Vaelens’ in the presence of Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Dr Sharman Stone, Wednesday.
Dr Stone paid a special visit to the Warriors youth players as part the ‘Red Cardim Vaelens’ session held at Maranatha grounds.
The Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls said to the Warriors youth players, “The chances are If you are born as a baby girl in the Solomons, PNG and I’m afraid also in Australia, the chances of you being hurt badly by your husband or intimate partner is real and that is not right,” she said.
She challenged the youth players, “you have the chance to be role models through this course, ‘Red Cardim Vaelens’ and as Solomon Warriors sports club you are embracing the notion that men and women are equal.
“You now at the forefront of telling your other young men, you are real men who don’t attack the ones we love, we don’t attack our wife’s, our girl friends,” Dr Sharman said.
Solomon Warriors representative Selwyn Molea said it has been a real honour for the club to be part of the ‘Red Cardim Vaelens’ project.
“Violence against women and girls in Solomon Islands is a big problem and on behalf of my club management and members.
“I want to those who came up with the idea to use sports and men in addressing the problem of domestic violence.
“It makes good sense that if men and boys are labelled as the trouble makers, then we need to help them to be part of the solutions,” Molea said.
Molea recommended that it would be good for the prevention of violence against women to spread out to other clubs.
The ‘Red Cardim Vaelens’ project is currently on a piloting stage by the ‘Live and Learn’.
Project officer Jack Toata said the pilot project involve sports such as rugby and soccer.
According to Toata, sports clubs in Honiara who are part of the project are Western United, Solomon Warriors and Matangiki rugby club.
The project will end next month and it is fully funded by the Australian government.
By SIMON ABANA