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Stages Of Change Displays Women’s Grace: Nawalowalo

Stages Of Change Displays Women’s Grace: Nawalowalo
One of the cast members of the Stages of Change production. Photo: Sivendra Michael
July 25
11:00 2017

The launching of ‘Stages of Change’ displayed the beauty and power of Fijian women in the context of the hardships they face daily.

Co-director of the production Nina Nawalowalo said the 25-minute performance on Saturday at the University of the South Pacific explored the true beauty women had inside.

“To have the commitment to share the story of Fijian women that had no voice and have experienced violence, some on a daily basis” was a daunting challenge, Ms Nawalowalo said.

Ms Nawalowalo and co-director Tom McCrory, of the Conch Theatre Company based in Wellington, were assisted by Anapela Polataivao in putting the performance together in two weeks.

The team trained 12 students of Valuing Voices at the University of the South Pacific’s Oceania Arts School.

Ms Nawalowalo said the courage, grace, and beauty were what she hoped the audience would recognise.

USP’s Valuing Voices Programme Specialist, Sivendra Michael said discussions needed to happen at every level – policy, educational, church, grass roots and within families.

He said the performance was a safe way approach such a taboo discussion in a way that did not point the blame but found culturally-appropriate responses and solutions.

“Especially in the rural areas where protocol and custom is deeply entrenched,” said Mr Michael.

The production is focused on changing attitudes and responses within the Fijian society regarding violence against women.

More than 100 invited guests turned up at the 25 minute production that was held at the Oceania Centre, USP on Saturday evening

The production team will now tour Viti Levu visiting four villages, Cautata Village, Burelevu Village, Veiseisei Village and Namatakula village.

The project is an EU funded project that is implemented by the British Council in partnership with Save the Children Fiji, USP and Dialogue Fiji.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika




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