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Melanie Hopkins Challenged Marist Boys To Be Sister’s Champions

She was making a presentation at the all boys Suva school yesterday as part of an International Women’s Day initiative to bring about the conversation to the boys.
02 Mar 2019 10:00
Melanie Hopkins Challenged Marist Boys To Be Sister’s Champions
Melanie Hopkins

You are your brother’s keeper, but you can also be your sister’s champion.

This was the message from the British High Commissioner Melanie Hopkins to students of Marist Brothers High School.

She was making a presentation at the all boys Suva school yesterday as part of an International Women’s Day initiative to bring about the conversation to the boys.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is ‘Balance for Better’ which emphasises that everyone has a part to play in building a gender-balanced world.

Ms Hopkins said boys and men could play an extremely important role in creating awareness on violence against women and girls.

“The way that you conduct yourselves in your communities, on the sports field and on the university campus will set the tone for how others treat women and girls also,” she said.

“Speaking out against violence is a must; but so too is setting a tone in your behaviour and in your language that show that you are able to treat women and girls with respect.

“You can be the change, starting from today.”

She also encouraged students to sign up for the HeforShe movement, take part in marches and use any opportunity available to help drive change.

Edited by Percy Kean

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