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16 Digital Stories Project Launched

The need for stronger community-based efforts in targeting bullying and discrimination was highlighted at the launch of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement’s 16 Digital Stories project on Saturday. The Digital
19 Jun 2016 08:16
16 Digital Stories Project Launched
Participants of the Fiji Women’s Right Movement’s Grow Inspire Relate Lead Succeed (GRILS) programme during the launch of their 16 Digital stories project at the Damodar City Cinemas in Suva on Friday night. Photo: Fiji Women’s Rights Movement

The need for stronger community-based efforts in targeting bullying and discrimination was highlighted at the launch of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement’s 16 Digital Stories project on Saturday.

The Digital Stories project titled, ‘I Am a Girl’, a collaboration between development partners and FWRM’s Grow Inspire Relate Lead Succeed (GIRLS) programme, features stories written and produced by the young participants themselves. The stories were and inspired by issues faced in their daily lives, particularly bullying and discrimination.

FWRM executive director Tara Chetty reiterated the relevance of hearing the girls’ own narratives about their lives using storytelling and digital art.

“Girls are the experts on their own lives and experiences and we can learn a lot from them on how to address such critical matters,” Ms Chetty said.

“Young people must be always aware of their rights and the collective power of their voices, especially when dealing with matters such as bullying and being treated unfairly.”

Entrepreneur Anika Taylor, 18, who is the sole proprietor of the successful company Rags Bags, was the special guest at the launch.

Ms Taylor was also the recipient of the Young Achiever Award at the Westpac Women in Business Awards.

The GIRLS Digital Storytelling project was supported by the UNDP Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Fiji Initiative (SCEFI) funded by the European Union and was implemented with the technical assistance of Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development.

The GIRLS programme is a FWRM initiative, which aims to develop GIRLS leaders between the ages of 10 to 12, engages participants in discussions on feminism leadership and human rights.

It is hoped that the training will inspire these young leaders to create change within their families and communities.

The launch was attended by over 200 people at Damodar City Cinemas in Laucala Bay, Suva.

 



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