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Fighting violence on women

By ZAFIYA SHAMIM Violence against women isn’t talked about openly and those who have suffered through it often endure in silence; they don’t tell anyone about it. These were the
16 Feb 2014 10:16
Roshika Deo (second from left), joins the One Billion Rising group in a flash mob at MHCC in Suva last Friday.  Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

Roshika Deo (second from left), joins the One Billion Rising group in a flash mob at MHCC in Suva last Friday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

By ZAFIYA SHAMIM

Violence against women isn’t talked about openly and those who have suffered through it often endure in silence; they don’t tell anyone about it.
These were the words of One Billion Rising Campaign coordinator, Roshika Deo, at their flash mob at MHCC in Suva last Friday.
“This flash mob was for people who are willing to walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to violence against women and girls,” Ms Deo said.
She said the theme ‘One Billion Rising for Justice’ was a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories politically, spiritually and outrageously through art, dance, rituals, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.
“In Fiji, 64 per cent of women have experienced violence in their lives and this is alarming.”
Ms Deo said there was a need for men to make a stand and work together with women to address violence issues in Fiji.
“The song we danced to is very powerful and when you see young men and women doing the dance, you realise it’s sort of changing them at the cellular level to not accept violence in their own lives.”
One of the participants, Miki Wali, said he aimed to advance the cause of gender equality in new and creative ways.
“The message we want to send out this year is all about justice, and reaching out to victims,” Mr Wali said.
He said through dance they were able to express their feelings and how they were willing to fight for justice for all victims of violence.
Another participant, Savaira Catinaivalu, said through these flash mobs they could attract public interest and unite people behind their anti-violence campaign and help to protect women from violence.




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