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Girls mark day with sports activities

Torika Tokalau
Sunday, March 09, 2014

YOUNG girls between the ages of 10 and 12 years marked International Women's Day yesterday at the launch of the Fiji Women's Rights Movement's girls theatre program at the My Suva Picnic Park in Laucala Bay.

Movement executive director Virisila Buadromo said the event focused around sports with a friendly game of touch rugby in the afternoon.

"International research has found that girls at this age, this is where they get easily led astray," Ms Buadromo said.

"We really want to tap into this point of their lives to make them understand that as girls they can do anything.

"Just because of their sex and gender, they shouldn't limit their abilities whether they play sports, become an engineer or become an astronaut — whatever it is they want to be, they can be anything they want to be as long as they put their mind to it."

Ms Buadromo said more activities for young girls should be a break from the traditional things like sewing and cooking and involve them more outdoors.

"Now you will see there are a lot more activities involving young girls.

"Unfortunately, a lot of those activities are focused on very traditional things like sewing, cooking and what is often considered 'girly things'."

The girls were also told of the importance of their citizenship and voting.

Ms Buadromo said the girls needed to understand what equality was and ensured they asserted their rights as young women.

"They are only 10-12 years right now, they are future voters. We talk to them about the importance of voting. And why they should vote?

"Because by them voting, they are contributing towards the development of this country, because they are choosing their leaders and when those leaders are chosen, they can hold those leaders accountable."

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