FWRM’s GIRLS Theatre Programme Visit Schools to celebrate International Day of the GIRL Child
11 October, 2017
Educate and empower girls to raise their voices on issues important to them.
This was the message echoed by participants of Fiji Women’s Rights Movement’s Grow, Inspire, Relate, Lead, Succeed (GIRLS) Theatre programme as they visited schools in the Central and Eastern Division to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child.
Every year on October 11, the International Day of the Girl Child is aimed at highlighting and addressing issues and challenges that girls face.
FWRM’s three-year GIRLS Theatre programme aimed at girls between the ages of 10 to 12, used theatre arts and sports as a platform to provide a safe and healthy platform to raise their issues related to gender stereotypes, bullying and discriminations.
In line with this year’s theme, “Empower Girls: Before, during and after the conflict,” the GIRLS are visiting schools to raise awareness on bullying through their theatre performance titled “GIRLS.
“The theatre programme allows the GIRLS to tap into their creativity and talents to portray their messages. It helps build their confidence and when they’re visiting schools sharing their performance, it can inspire other girls to be empowered and find out more about their rights,” said GIRLS Programme Officer Lillian Delana.
The GIRLS developed the theme and the script of their theatre play under the guidance of the Moana Loa theatre group, showcasing some of their own acting and singing skills.
FWRM Executive Director Nalini Singh said girls faced multiple discriminations including against their age, gender, race and abilities.
“Their views and ideas are often overlooked because of these discriminations but it leaves them more vulnerable to the issues they face. Girls bring with them unique experiences and perspectives that need to be vocalised and highlighted; and for us to nurture the next generation of feminist leaders” she said.
“If girls were empowered, heard and included, it would significantly strengthen our approach in finding solutions to existing societal issues and challenges.”
The 19 GIRLS performed their play during their visit to Naqali District School, Natoaika Village School and Suva Special School. The GIRLS Theatre group also made donations of books to the schools during their visit.