About the Ekakwikwi Jinen Emmaan - A Call To Arms
Being an immigrant in a new land is stressful. In some cases this stress can lead to an increase in domestic violence within the home. Unfortunately, children witnessing domestic violence in the home have been linked to two negative educational outcomes: poor adaptation to the academic environment, and lower school achievement.
Because of these facts, HPIRC is taking this opportunity to highlight the beautiful work of our colleagues in the Republic of the Marshall Islands with the hopes of helping Marshallese families in Hawaii and the United States understand the impact domestic violence has on the family, but especially the children.
The Ekakwikwi Jinen Emmaan video project was conceptualized at a June 2003 National Planning Conference Addressing Violence Against Women in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The project WAVE (Women Against Violence through Education) was initiated under the guidance of an advisory group headed by the RMI Ministry of Health, local Non-Government Organization WUTMI (Women United Together in the Marshall Islands) and made possible through funding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
WUTMI received funds from the U.S. Department of State to contract local Community-Based Organization Mission Pacific to produce this video, presenting WAVE information in a culturally and linguistically appropriate format. Ministry of Health funded its duplication.
Consequently, WUTMIs presentation of Ekakwikwi Jinen Emmaan is the culmination of a partnership by both government and community-based organization working together to address a serious social concern. It is the first step in our campaign addressing Violence Against Women in the Marshall Islands. This program contained within the video was conceived, written, filmed and reproduced solely within The Republic of the Marshall Islands. HPIRC was then given permission by WUTMI to present it to you on YouTube. [Watch Video]