December 12, 2016 8:06 am

Women mark end of 16 days campaign with march

The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre commemorated the end of the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women yesterday by a march through Suva. The march from Suva Flea Market to Sukuna Park gathered some 200 people from various organisations and backgrounds to mark the day. Speaking at the end of the march, FWCC co-ordinator […]

The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre commemorated the end of the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women yesterday by a march through Suva.

The march from Suva Flea Market to Sukuna Park gathered some 200 people from various organisations and backgrounds to mark the day.

Speaking at the end of the march, FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali said there were two absolutes in life – freedom and death – and that she would do whatever it took to ensure freedom and human rights for all, even if it was a struggle at times.

ALI: “Today also marks the end of the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women. It is the period in the year when activism against gender-based violence is stepped up to highlight the continuing scourge across the world.”

Before the human rights march, Ms Ali spoke at a community event in Delainavesi outside Suva where about 25 people who live in Kaudamu and Kauvula roads gathered for a fitness activity.

Ms Ali spoke about the high rates of all forms of violence against women and girls in Fiji and the role of men and boys can play in eliminating them through behaviour change.

She encouraged the community to take steps to ensure women and girls are able to live lives free from violence.

“Do not be a bystander,” Ms Ali said, encouraging everybody to respond to violence against women by supporting survivors and bringing perpetrators to justice.

Ms Ali was part of the founding group of 23 women’s rights activists from around the world who conceived the campaign in 1991 at Rutgers University in New Jersey in the United States.