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Advocate wins award

Torika Tokalau
Sunday, February 16, 2014

SHARON Bhagwan-Rolls was humbled to be selected the 2014 NGO Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) Forum's Woman of Distinction award on Tuesday.

The NGO, which advocates for women's rights and gender equality, recognised Ms Bhagwan-Rolls for her dedication to enable and empower community media production in print, digital storytelling, online, social media and television to increase the visibility of women and young women's viewpoints and realities through FemLINKPACIFIC.

"I am humbled to be selected for this award especially when one's work for peace and justice is not about awards or recognition but action and service so that others can claim their rights to peace, security and equitable development," Ms Bhagwan-Rolls said.

"This is a valuable opportunity to share the realities and experiences of Pacific Island women and explain the multi-directional approach of FemLINKPACIFIC in order to highlight the reality that many women are still unable to claim their right to communication."

Ms Bhagwan-Rolls said the award was also an acknowledgement and tribute to the women who mentored and paved the way for activism.

She launched Fiji and the Pacific's first women-led radio station and initiated a project called Generation Next 10 years ago. "Our focus has been to promote and enable women to claim their communication rights whether it is within decision-making in her community or on the airwaves as well as public media.

"This means we are also addressing the gender gaps within the media by creating content which features women from within their communities communicating for themselves what their development, human rights and equality priorities are — this is about their peace and security."

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