FWRM Celebrates International Women’s Day
To commemorate International Women’s Day, the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement GIRLS (Grow Inspire Relate Lead Succeed) program will be hosting an afternoon of tag rugby at Sukuna park today.
“Every year, FWRM has linked IWD to our GIRLS program as an opportunity to empower and build their leadership skills,” said Executive Director Nalini Singh.
“Having these spaces to include girls is important because they face double discrimination due to their gender and age. They have unique perspectives as a girl child but because of the discrimination they face, their voices are usually overlooked and we lose out on a whole generation of voices that could contribute towards positive change.”
The GIRLS programme is a 3-year leadership training for 10 -12 year old girls that uses innovative methods like sports and arts, to educate them on their rights and encourage their ideas and creative expression.
“Using sports like rugby is a creative way to help build confidence and also raise awareness on the existing societal perceptions against girls participation in male-dominated fields. So often the messages around gender being conveyed, is that only GIRLS play netball, which can have a detrimental effect on the development of a girl’s self-esteem as well as her perception of her own and other’s abilities and potential.”
The event is held in partnership with the Fiji Rugby Union with keynote addresses from FRU reps and Fijiana Olympian and Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality Management Collective member Tima Tamoi.
“In addition to celebrating IWD, FWRM also stands in solidarity with the global movement on strike for ‘A Day Without Women.’ It’s an important call to action that reaffirms a commitment to feminist and human rights values, we at FWRM share,” said Singh. “There is still a lot of work to be done and we have a long way to go before women are able realise their full human rights and it’s movements like these, that build on our partnerships, that can bring positive change.”