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23 August 2019

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FWRM GIRLS Club focuses on advocacy 23/08/19

FWRM GIRLS Club focuses on advocacy

23/08/19

FWRM’s Grow Inspire Relate Lead Succeed (GIRLS) Club programme held a 3-day orientation workshop on advocacy and girls’ empowerment in Pacific Harbour from 21-23 August.

Fifteen participants including graduates from FWRM’s 3-year leadership programme, GIRLS Theatre, were part of the new cohort of the Club. The programme is supported by the Australian Government through the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA).

“This phase of the programme is focused on empowering girls to become stronger advocates on issues that are important to them,” said FWRM Executive Director Nalini Singh. “This is very important now because girls are marginalised and vulnerable in our communities but they are at the forefront of violence perpetrated against women and girls. It’s important to provide support to them and build their capacities towards improving girls rights issues.”

This is the second cohort of participants for the GIRLS Club programme following the graduation in June from the GIRLS Theatre programme. GIRLS Theatre is a 3-year leadership program for girls between the ages of 10 to 12. The program uses innovative methods to empower girls such as sports, theatre and arts. The GIRLS Club was formed for graduates as a platform to continue their capacity building and interests in advocacy on key issues such as bullying and discrimination.

“This first workshop was the opportunity for the girls to meet and learn about some of the upcoming activities in the next 3 years,” said Programme Officer-GIRLS Programme Emeli Anise.

“The previous phase of GIRLS Club was focused on building self-agency and now we’re moving into the next phase of the programme where the girls are exposed to human rights issues and feminist based advocacy.”

“During the workshop, I learned a little about what advocacy is and how it can help educate people to create change in people’s lives,” said Razia Ali, 12 year's old.

“I learned about democracy, where people have the power to choose their own leaders,” said Siteri Kalouniviti, 12 year’s old.

“I learned about the different issues girls face and how advocacy could be a way to bring change to the lives of girls in Fiji,” Pasemaca, 12 year’s old.

The GIRLS are preparing advocacy messages for the International Day of the GIRL Child in October and 16 Days of Activism later this year.

The FWRM GIRLS programme will be working with the GIRLS Club while also reaching out to work with Deaf Girls and Rural Girls for the next 3 years.

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