GIRLS Launch Digital Stories on Bullying and Discrimination
17th June, 2016
The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement launched 16 Digital Stories today, highlighting the need for stronger community-based efforts in targeting bullying and discrimination. The Digital Stories project titled ‘I Am A Girl’ was a collaboration between development partners and FWRM’s Grow Inspire Relate Lead Succeed (GIRLS) programme. The launch was held at Damodar City Cinemas and attended by close to 200 people.
The GIRLS programme is an FWRM initiative which aims to develop GIRL leaders between the ages of 10-12, and engages them in discussions on feminism, leadership and human rights. It is hoped that the trainings will inspire these young leaders to create change within their families and communities.
The Digital Stories were written and produced by the young participants themselves and inspired by issues faced in their daily lives, particularly bullying and discrimination.
FWRM Executive Director Tara Chetty emphasized the relevance of hearing the girls’ own narratives about their lives using storytelling and digital art.
“Girls are the experts on their own lives and experiences and we can learn a lot from them on how to address such critical matters,” she said. “Young people must always be aware of their rights and the collective power of their voices, especially when dealing with matters such as bullying and being treated unfairly.”
Special Guest at the launch was 18-year-old entrepreneur Anika Taylor, the sole proprietor of fledgling company ‘Rag Bags’. Taylor was the recipient of the “Young Achiever Award” at the Westpac Women in Business Awards.
The GIRLS Digital Storytelling project was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by the European Union (EU). The project was implemented with the technical assistance of Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development.
"UNDP is very happy to support this great project targeting an important age group of girls using new technology. It is good to see that these girls are graduates of the previous FWRM leadership training thus ensuring sustainability of this effort to develop young and confident women leaders," Sonja Bachmann, UNDP SCEFI coordinator said.