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'Rise for justice'

Torika Tokalau
Sunday, January 26, 2014

WOMEN need to speak out now.

That is the message from One Billion Rising (OBR) Fiji event organiser Roshika Deo as they prepare to hold a forum next month.

"Women and girls in Fiji continue to struggle in seeking justice despite having reasonably good laws in place," Ms Deo said.

"Women need to speak out now and we have to do it in solidarity and strength, we have to rise for justice otherwise nothing will change."

OBR Fiji will hold a forum on February 14 for women and girls to share their experiences. "This year we are inviting women and girls to express what justice means to them and share their experiences to break the culture of silence and impunity.

"Use art and dance; write poems, monologues, skits, and stories to share in solidarity — tell us in their way through any form of activism as to why they are rising for justice."

Last year, OBR Fiji campaign created an energy and momentum that resulted in more than 500 people turning to the streets of Suva marching and dancing.

There were also various flash mobs organised by many diverse groups all over Fiji

Fiji came together with about 207 countries around the world to rise, strike and dance, in the biggest mass action in human history, to demand an end to violence against women and girls.

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