PRESS RELEASE: GIRLS Launch Digital Stories for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement will be launching 17 diverse Digital Stories on Friday, 27th November 2015. The project is an initiative of FWRM’s GIRLS programme (Grow Inspire Relate Lead Succeed), which caters for 10-12 year old GIRL Leaders and utilizes a feminist and human rights-based approach to instill core leadership values.

This year, the GIRLS participated in an interactive project to weave their own unique stories based on various themes such as Bullying, Friendship and Gender Inequalities, as well as other topics imparted from their weekend workshops.

Chargé d'affaires, Johnny Engell-Hansen says: ''The European Union is pleased to have contributed, along with the United Nations Development Programme, to the success of this Fiji Women's Right Movement project. Dozens of young girls have graduated from the GIRLS programme where they have learned to overcome traditional prejudices and boundaries, in order to become tomorrow's leaders.''

''I would like to acknowledge the remarkable work done in framework of Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Fiji Initiative, to congratulate GIRLS representative and, of course, the young girls themselves who have prepared the short stories we are going to watch tomorrow tonight," added Engell-Hansen.

FWRM wishes to showcase these stories to provide the public with a rare glimpse into the mind of the Girl Child, as well as celebrate the success of the Digital Storytelling project. The event will feature a ‘GIRL led’ programme, including testimonials from the participants who also produced the stories themselves.

Says FWRM Executive Director Tara Chetty “We applaud the immense courage of our young feminist activists in training, who are eager to share their stories, particularly on issues close to their hearts.”

“Storytelling is an inherent trait of Pacific Island culture and plays a significant role in shaping perceptions and attitudes throughout generations. In this case, the GIRLS are seeking to change societal mindsets through powerful narratives and strong imagery.

We urge the public to show their support for this endeavour, as it is the first of it’s kind in Fiji.”

The official launch will commence at 6pm at the Premium Lounge at Damodar City Cinemas. Ticket orders can be placed with the GIRLS Officer Lillian Delana: .

The GIRLS Digital Storytelling project was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with funding from the European Union (EU), and implemented with the technical assistance of Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development.

For further clarification, please contact FWRM Communications Officer Genevieve Sukhdeo: or mobile: 8677330.