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08 December 2018

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FWRM GIRLS and ELFA Workshop promotes safe workplaces for women and girls

FWRM GIRLS and ELFA Workshop promotes safe workplaces for women and girls

8 December 2018


The Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni (ELFA) in collaboration with the graduates of FWRM’s Grow Inspire Relate Lead Succeed (GIRLS) programme, known as the GIRLS Club organised a Career’s Workshop on Saturday, December 8, to share their experiences and empower women and girls in the world of work.
The workshop was held as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence with the global theme, “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work.” The workshop will be focused on women’s representation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and male-dominated fields of work.
This is an exciting collaboration between GIRLS Club and ELFA who both graduates of FWRM’s transformative intergenerational women’s programme. FWRM strongly believes in sustaining and building towards meaningful cross-generational leadership to continue in practising and promoting feminist leadership.

“ELFA would like to utilise the theme to reinforce our feminist learnings with creativity whilst engaging in learning and sharing. It is critical to acknowledge intergenerational relations and at the same time, challenging societal biases limiting girls and young women’s decision making”, said ELFA Coordinator, Kele Gavidi.

The workshop will further address gender disparities in access to education, employment and promotions as well as workplace safety and security.

“This is important for us GIRLS Club members, who are graduating from high school or thinking of starting work, to hear from working women’s experiences. It will be a really huge help to hear from women in the workforce, about how they deal with harassment,” said 17-year-old GIRLS Club member, Abigail.

“I had a holiday job and men would ask me out for lunch, I had to say no. My friend who is also working in a holiday job feels uncomfortable because of some male customers, who would caress her hand. We hope to hear more about how to deal with these issues and protect ourselves.”

“Girls can and should be able to determine their career choices without conditioning. Parent’s, guardians and teachers have a significant responsibility to effectively create a safe and open environment for communication,” emphasised, ELFA Secretary, Chandra Fisi'iahi.

The ELFA and GIRLS Programme is supported by the Australian Government through the International Women’s’ Development Agency.

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