Claire McFarlane, an Australian with South African roots and a survivor of sexual assault, will arrive in Vanuatu on a mission to spark a movement against sexual violence.

Through her initiative, “Footsteps to Inspire,” McFarlane aims to amplify awareness and support for survivors, culminating in a symbolic 16km run in Port Vila on Saturday.

“This run is about standing together, showing solidarity with survivors of sexual violence,” McFarlane expressed passionately in a recent Facebook post outlining the event.

Despite its informal nature as a non-competitive and unofficial run, the event from 6.00am to 8.00am on December 9 welcomes all participants, emphasising inclusivity.

While stressing the event’s openness and free participation, McFarlane encourage voluntary donations to further the cause.

Vanuatu marks the 60th country where McFarlane will conduct her campaign, having previously organised similar runs across the Pacific, including Papua New Guinea (PNG), Fiji, Solomon Islands, Australia, and New Zealand (NZ).

Beyond running, McFarlane engages with organisations, governmental bodies, and individuals, fostering dialogue and collaborations to tackle the issue of sexual violence.

Daily Post understands she will be collaborating in an event on the 7th of December with the organisation, Sista, as part of her efforts to effecting real change.

McFarlane’s commitment extends beyond the pavement; she actively connects with individuals of all ages, community groups, governmental services, and survivors, aiming to inspire healing, identify solutions, educate, and create lasting change.

Notably, McFarlane’s work harmonises with seven of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), showcasing its global significance and impact.

Meanwhile, earlier last week, the Office of the Public Prosecutor (OPP) under the Ministry of Justice and Community Services (MoJCS) launched the Vanuatu Survivor-Victims (SV) Charter. This guide document, aligned with the UNGA Resolution 40/34 of 1985, is tailored to promote justice for survivors and victims of crime in Vanuatu.

The SV Charter sets out the rights of survivors and victims, outlining their entitlement to fair treatment, support, information, consent, protection, privacy, compensation, restitution, and avenues for filing complaints if their rights are not upheld by service providers within the criminal justice system or other service entities in the country.

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SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST