FWRM Commemorates the International Day of the Girl Child
12/10/2016
Girls can lead and be a force for positive change.

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement commemorated the International Day of the Girl Child with a visit to year 5 students of St. Anne’s Primary School yesterday.

Participants of FWRM’s GROW, INSPIRE, RELATE, LEAD AND SUCCEED (GIRLS) programme led discussions with the students, to share on issues important to them, particularly girls’ participation in sports, bullying and gender stereotypes.

“I would like to remind all GIRLS to speak up and not to be silent when facing issues on gender discrimination and violence. We need to address these issues. We need to tell our stories,”- FWRM GIRLS Participant aged 14.

International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated annually on October 11, to recognise girls’ rights and work towards removing barriers to their participation in decision-making spaces.

The visit was a great opportunity to celebrate the voices of girls and advocate for their inclusion in decisions that affect them. This is in-line with the theme, ‘Girls' Progress = Goals' Progress: What Counts for Girls.’

“Girls have their own unique experiences and perceptions but they are usually overlooked and left more vulnerable to the issues affecting them,” said Acting Executive Director Michelle Reddy. “There needs to be more investment and recognition of girls’ expertise on their own lives to help create a safer and healthier environment for them.”

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