FWRM organises creative arts exercise to empower girls

Participants of the Girls Information Session workshop organised by the Fiji Womens Rights Movement at Tanoa Hotel in Suva yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

GIRLS as young as 11 years learnt how to highlight issues that affected them during a creative arts exercise organised by the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) in Suva on Saturday.

“These are issues such as bullying and violence and we are concentrating on the media because we hear a lot of cases of abuse through the media and we are using this girls information session to empower our young girls on how they can make use of the media such as the letters to the editor section,” said FWRM Girls Programme officer Lillian Delana.

“Due to the kind of violence and abuse cases that are now coming up, we thought that it’s time for them to look at other avenues where they can raise their issues and talk about their safety and security.”

Ms Delana added that the creative arts event also emphasised the need for girls to inform someone if they were facing violence or sexual abuse.

“The media platform can be used by these girls to educate girls out there that if they are going through an issue then they need to talk about it.

“If they are experiencing violence at home or if their uncles are doing something to them then they need to talk about it, that is what we are trying to empower these young girls to do.”

Ms Delana also said International Day of the Girl would be celebrated next month on October 11.