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07 May 2024

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FWRM GIRLS Programme Delivers Powerful Theatrical Performance Calling for an End to Gender Based Violence and their Right to be Safe

28/11/2023

We want our voices heard! We want an end to gender based violence! We want the right to be safe!

These were the sentiments illustrated last night at an emotional FWRM Grow.Inspire.Relate.Lead.Succeed (GIRLS) Theatre Performance - “What A Girl Wants! – Our Rights to be Safe! Protect Our Space!” that was held at the Vodafone Arena in Suva as part of our 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence (GBV) campaign.

The event was packed with more than 300 children and adults who witnessed the theatrical performances of the girls’, shared experiences and lived realities portraying issues such as gender stereotypes, bullying and sexism faced at home, in their communities and the school environment.

“Today we saw an intergenerational performance by our girls - that includes both our hearing and Deaf girls, and their mothers, highlight the need to end GBV through addressing structures that perpetuate harmful patriarchal ideologies that continue to hinder women and girls’ access to justice,” FWRM Executive Director Nalini Singh said during the event.

“It’s their stories. It’s all our stories. This is indeed what happens in our communities and our families,” she said.

Ms Singh acknowledged members of the programme and the Moana Loa Theatre Studios who helped the girls and their parents put together their stories and compose the production, the second event organised by the girls marking the 16 days camping against GBV.

“On November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the FWRM GIRLS Programme organised an intergenerational panel on Ending Gender Based Violence Against Women and Girls in Sports at the HFC stadium. It was the first time to bring together young women and girls in sports to speak on the gendered disparities that they face in their individuals sports that included women’s rugby and rugby league, Deaf women’s touch rugby and women’s indoor soccer. It was good to hear first-hand the experiences of these young women and girls in sports who are in their own field working to better the status of women and girls in sports,” Ms Singh added.

Now in its fifth phase, the FWRM GIRLS programme uses creative platforms such as theatre, sports, digital storytelling and spoken word as safe and healthy avenues to raise issues faced by the girls involved in the programme.

The theatrical event concluded with a graduation ceremony for 35 members of the programme last night.

This activity was supported by the Australian Government in partnership with the International Women's Development Agency (IWDA).