7th November 2015

PRESS RELEASE: FWRM Pays Tribute to Local Women Human Rights Defenders

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement will be staging a LIVE Talk show on Sunday, 29th November 2015 to commemorate ‘International Women Human Rights Defenders Day.’

The talkshow will be hosted by FWRM’s Executive Director Tara Chetty and will feature Noelene Nabulivou of Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA), Naomi Navoce of Pacific Disability Forum (PDF), Feminist Activist and former FWRM Executive Director Virisila Buadromo and Trans-Activist Sulique Waqa of Haus of Khameleon.

Tara Chetty says, “We are pleased to host this talk show on the opening night of Nothing Less Than Equal, Fiji’s first Film Festival to raise awareness on the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

The talk show is a tribute to local Women’s Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) who have contributed tremendously to the progress of women’s rights at the national and international levels.”

“The talk show concept seeks to encourage women in all their diversities to engage with the WHRDs, particularly young women present on the night. We have already received numerous requests for ticket orders and anticipate a thoroughly enjoyable evening for everyone.”

The talk show is part of the opening night for the Nothing Less Than Equal Film Festival which is being coordinated by the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, UN Women, UNICEF and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The opening night itself is co-funded by the European Union (EU), the British High Commission, the Embassy of France and the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA).

Chargé d'affaires, Johnny Engell-Hansen, says the EU is adamant that a collective effort is needed to address the issue of Gender-Based violence.

“Gender-based violence is rooted in and reinforces gender inequalities and it cannot be understood outside the social structures, gender norms and roles that support and justify it. Gender-based violence harms women, families, communities and societies. It is a human rights violation and one of the most pervasive forms of gender-based inequality. The elimination of violence against women involves challenging the unequal division of social, political, and economic power among women and men, and the ways in which this inequality is perpetuated through institutions at all levels of society,” said Engell-Hansen.

The opening night will also showcase the IWDA short documentary Dance Selina featuring Fiji’s very own Mei Milli, a graduate of FWRM’s Emerging Leaders Forum, a brief selection of FWRM’s GIRLS Digital Stories, followed by the Feature Film I AM A GIRL.

The LIVE Talk show will commence at 6pm at the Premium Lounge at Damodar City Cinemas.

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