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WHO Celebrated 16 Days Of Activism

  The World Health Organisation staff members in Fiji marked the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence at their office in Suva on Friday. With the idea of combating
13 Dec 2016 11:00
WHO Celebrated 16 Days Of Activism
WHO

 

The World Health Organisation staff members in Fiji marked the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence at their office in Suva on Friday.

With the idea of combating violence, the staff members contributed to the global call through the development of a video showcasing the support to ending violence and the red and orange module.

WHO HIV and STI medical officer Dr Madeline Salva said the initiative had been running for four years but their red and orange module was now into its second year of operation.

“We were able to link up with the 10 council of churches who have unanimously pledged to support us in this cause,” Dr Salva said.

“St Luke’s Anglican Church in Suva point has been engaging with us since two years now. We also have FNPF, Damodar City, Westpac, Merchant Finance showing their support with men dressed in orange.”

She said orange was chosen because it indicated light over darkness, with violence being the darkness that women and girls faced.

“Advocacy on ending violence is not only for the office, it has to be from the individual level to the office and then to the community. If we don’t believe at the individual level, then we cannot really make a huge difference, if we come together then we can make a greater difference,” Dr Salva said.

The 16 Days Activism which is an international awareness campaign that aims to reduce and eliminate gender-based violence concluded on Saturday.

Edited by Maraia Vula

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