GIRLS program highlights bullying and neglect

More than 10 young girls who are under the Fiji Women's Rights Movement's Grow, Inspire, Relate, Lead and Succeed (GIRLS) during their performance at Japan ICT Centre at USP. Picture: RAMA

MORE than 10 young girls who are under the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement’s Grow, Inspire, Relate, Lead and Succeed (GIRLS) program took to the stage on Saturday for a theatre art performance highlighting realities and issues such as bullying and neglect.

Titled “This is me”, the theatre program was supported by the Australian government through the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA).

FWRM executive director Nalini Singh said the theatre performance provided GIRLS members a platform to express themselves and tell their stories from their own context and experiences.

“It’s an essential space to empower GIRLS but it’s incredibly important for the audience, the parents and the adults to hear what they have to say and how they perceive the issues they face,” she said.

“It’s disheartening to hear about girls’ realities today and the significant amount of violence they continue to face. Sexual violence against girls and women is prevalent and the age of victims and survivors continues to decrease.”

The three-year GIRLS theatre program is targeted at girls aged between 10 to 12 years.

According to FWRM, the program uses innovative approaches such as rugby and theatre art to provide a creative, healthy and safe space for GIRLS to express their issues and concerns.

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