The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement will be marching alongside other civil society organisations and members of the NGO Coalition for Human Rights tomorrow, 10th December 2014 in recognition of World Human Rights Day.
This will mark an end to the annual 16 Days of Activism that began on 25th November with the international theme of “Peace In The Home, Peace In The World”. Fiji’s national theme is “I-CARE”. Activities to commemorate this significant event are being staged on a global scale with various countries demanding an end to gender-based violence and armed conflict.
The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement has been commemorating the 16 Days of Activism with a focus on girls and young women. FWRM’s Grow, Inspire, Relate, Lead, Succeed (GIRLS) programme works with 10-12 year old girls, who have produced and performed their own theatre production that tackles issues of sexism, inequality, gender stereotypes and girls abilities. The play, titled ‘A series of unfortunate events: Fiji-style’, was performed in two communities during the 16 Days, culminating in a performance at the Civic Centre tomorrow afternoon.
Says Tara Chetty, FWRM’s Programme Director:
“We have chosen to focus on girls and young women during this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, because we recognize their experiences of gender-based violence, but also their leadership in addressing these issues.”
“We have been inspired by the young leaders in our GIRLS theatre programme who have fearlessly told their stories through the powerful medium of live theatre.”
The march will commence at the Suva Flea Market at 10am and end with a Human Rights exhibition at the lower auditorium of the Civic Centre. FWRM will also have a booth at the exhibition, sharing the space with other co-conveners of the Fiji Young Women’s Forum, and graduates of FWRM’s Emerging Leaders’ Forum (ELF), and includes a feminist photo booth.
For any further queries, please contact FWRM’s Communications Officer Genevieve Sukhdeo on 754 6868.