10 new volunteers have been brought together in Suva, in conjunction with the Catholic Women’s League, to learn about community radio, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security) and other gender equality and women’s human rights commitments as they prepare to take to the airwaves alongside Generation Next members.
“As a young woman you can make a difference. My message for the 16 days of activism is for my community to be free from violence especially violence against women and girls,” says young mum Ana Rakacikaci. As a mother of 9 and 5 year olds, her priorities are food prices, preventing teenage pregnancies and drug and substance abuse.
“I know through this women’s mobile radio, awareness can be raised to help women, especially young women, to be informed. I am passionate about equality amongst women and girls. I would like them to be empowered through the medium where their voices can be heard.”
She is part of a group of ten young women claiming their role as Peacebuilders, communicators, radio producers and broadcasters as they undergo training at FemLINKPACIFIC’s community media centre in Suva in the lead up to the 16 days’ campaign to Eliminate Violence Against Women.
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