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Women launch 1 Billion Rising campaign

Luke Rawalai
Monday, December 10, 2012

Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni (ELFA) celebrated and launched the 1 Billion Rising Campaign in Labasa also marking the 16 day activism on violence against women on Saturday.

The 1 Billion Rising campaign was launched on Saturday and attended by 80 people from all walks of life at the Civic Centre in Labasa.

As a build up to the launch ELFA created awareness on gender based violence and women's human rights to the community, marking the 16 days of activism against gender based violence which was themed 'From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence against Women'.

Speaking at the launch ELFA co-ordinator Roshika Deo said the 1 Billion Rising was launched with the community that actively engaged and participated by sharing their messages on why they were rising and their experiences.

"The women that spoke expressed a sense of empowerment on being able to have a forum to do this and men including a few boys also participated raising their voice in solidarity for women and girls that experience violence," said Ms Deo.

"The 16 Days Campaign began on November 25, the International Day against Violence against Women, and ends on December 10, International Human Rights Day as the dates symbolically link violence against women and human rights, and emphasise that such violence is a human rights violation."