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Marchers Highlight Activisim For Women’s Rights

A World Human Rights Day march yesterday marked the end of the 16 days of activism for violence against women. The marchers included the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission along
11 Dec 2016 11:00
Marchers Highlight Activisim For Women’s Rights
Many gethered at Ratu Sukuna park to mark Human Rights Day. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

A World Human Rights Day march yesterday marked the end of the 16 days of activism for violence against women.

The marchers included the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission along with other non-governmental organisations started from the Flea Market and ended at Sukuna Park in Suva.

The NGO Coalition on Human Rights, chaired by the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement and supported by coalition members, activists and members of the public, marched through Suva to mark World Human Rights Day.

World Human Rights Day also marks the end of the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women, which started on 25 November, the International Day of Protest Against Violence Against Women.

Following the march from the Suva Flea Market to Sukuna Park, participants heard speeches and performances to commemorate the day.

One of the youngest participants 15-year-old Abigail Aguilar of Suva said human rights is very important for all girls.

“Being a part of the march makes me feel encouraged and confident and this is how every girl in Fiji and around the world should feel,” she said.

“It’s just not about recognising the boys and their works, but girls also who have proven that we are not behind either.

“For us girls, we advocate on girls rights because we are not put out there as much as the boys are.

“We are not acknowledged as much as the boys are and that’s why we are encouraging to advocate on our rights to support all the girls around the country.”

A Human Rights pamphlet titled Neither Greater nor Lesser but Equal: Dignity, Equality and Freedom for all Fiji was launched through the daily Fiji Sun yesterday.

  Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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