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Mob dances for women's safety

Vilimaina Naqelevuki
Saturday, March 03, 2018

ONE Billion Rising Fiji, in their hope to help raise awareness on violence against women and girls by occupying a public space, held a flash mob last month.

Thirty participants took part at the event at MHCC in Suva where many people gathered to witness how they would create awareness on the issue through dance and flash mobs.

OBR is an international movement towards ending violence against women and the event is celebrated annually on February 14 across the globe with a dance routine called "Break the Chain".

Campaign co-ordinator Elisha Bano said for a small country such as Fiji, the high rates of violence against women and girls were shocking.

"Until these numbers decrease drastically and such cases cease to exist, we will continue our efforts to create awareness and bring this issue to light," Ms Bano said.

Event organiser Roshika Deo said this type of advocacy would help women share their experiences and raise awareness on the issues they faced.

"We encourage people to keep talking about these issues in order for us to create safe spaces for girls and women to be able to share their experiences because a lot of times they are reluctant to do so," Ms Deo said.

"Now that there are spaces available for a lot of advocacy and awareness they feel a bit more comfortable in claiming these spaces where the media, activists and advocates should listen to them without question or judgement."

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