My faith says no

Fijian church leaders have once again come together to advocate for an end to violence against women and children, as part of the ‘16 days of activism’ in 2018.

The House of Sarah in Fiji, Diocese of Polynesia, coordinated leaders from across nine faith and cultural groups to produce an inspirational media campaign advocating for an end to violence against women and girls. “Engaging faith communities in the prevention of genderbased violence is necessary especially if we are looking into societal change in behaviour, perceptions and attitudes”, said Revd Sereima Lomaloma of the House of Sarah. “This is a major step ... having faith leaders making a stand publicly.”

The multi-media campaign for this year’s 16 Days of Activism was called ‘Fijian faith leaders are taking a stand against rape and violence against women and children’. It features television and cinema advertising, complemented by campaign posters and calendars featuring faith leaders. The campaign was developed with support from UN Women via the Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (the ‘Pacific Partnership’) funded by the European Union and the Australian Government with cost-sharing from UN Women.

Thanks to the IAWN December 2018 newsletter for sharing this video, and many other responses to the 16 days of activism.