Wednesday February 27, 2013
GIRLS THEATRE PROGRAMME
To commemorate International Women’s Day on March (IWD) 8th, the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) will be launching its year-long GIRLS Theatre Programme.
According to FWRM’s Executive Director, the GIRLS Theatre Programme aims to “conduct theatre-based activities to develop young girls’ ability to voice their issues”.
“Grow, Inspire, Relate, Lead and Succeed is not just the name of the GIRLS programme but also the core values it’s built on. We will instill these values in all the activities we do to raise the girls’ awareness of human rights, feminism and gender.”
The programme fits into the wider FWRM’s Young Women and Leader Programme’s theme of Political Participation and Awareness by encouraging young girls to express their opinions and thoughts from an early age, based on the theory that if they can express themselves about the things that matter to them when they are girls, they will go on to be articulate advocates for their rights when they are women.
Participants will go through a process of storytelling, scripting and acting with the help of a renowned community theatre group, Women’s Action for Change. After a series of rehearsals and camps participants will stage a production during the August school holidays where members of the public will come to watch.
“While the theatre programme will be officially launched on IWD, FWRM will be holding two soccer training sessions, culminating in a friendly match on IWD, as a way for the girls to get to know each other and the FWRM team, in a fun and energetic environment,” said Buadromo.
During its first training match last Saturday, FWRM welcomed 22 enthusiastic young girls between the ages of 10-12, who have selected to take part in the GIRLS Theatre Programme.
The young girls come from a diverse socioeconomic background and while some were selected from an open application process, others were nominated by their schools.
The training session was held at the Pacific Theological College and according to participant Lolene Tuiqali she “liked today’s training because we learned about team building on how to work together in achieving more”.
When asked for her thoughts on some of the major problems faced by girls her age today, participant Isabel Kraushaar shared: “Some girls our age have trouble showing people what they want, like if they want to be something one day, they’re afraid that everybody else will say, no you can’t do that and they’re not right.”
The next training is scheduled for March 2nd from 8.30am-10.30am. A friendly match will be held on IWD, see details below:
International Women’s Day event details
Event : Launch of FWRM’s GIRLS Theatre Programme & a friendly soccer match between the participants
Venue : National Hockey Centre, Grantham Road, Suva
Date : Friday March 8th, 2013
Time : 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Pictures of the first soccer training session can be viewed here www.facebook.com/FWRM1