BY JOY OFASIA
A Gender Equality and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) awareness and advocacy workshop was organized by the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCA) for the Stages of Change (SOC) Women’s Theatre Group.
The workshop was held on Wednesday 22 to 24 Friday, January at the Ministry of Women Conference room in Honiara.
The three-day awareness and advocacy workshop is aimed to prepare the members of the Women’s Theatre Group for their upcoming Gender Equality and Sexual Gender Base Violence (VAWG) Project and the Awareness Tour to eight communities in the Central Islands Province which will be from February to March this year.
The Gender Equality and Sexual Gender Base Violence (VAWG) Project is funded by the 2020 Canada Funding for Local Initiatives.
The Women’s Theatre Group is made up of 15 women who represent the nine provinces across the islands of the Solomon Islands. Their key aim is to produce performance work and to tour different Islands in the country.
The workshop will help support the participants to familiarize themselves with topics based on gender roles and expectations, identify the difference between gender and sex, gender socialization, gender, and power, describes how gender inequality contributes to gender issues, understand and differentiate Gender-Based Violence and violence against women and girls and more other topics for women to be familiarized with.
The Stages of Change (SOC) Women’s Theatre Group will use the community theatre platform to advocate against Violence against women and girls and to increase awareness on gender equality and women’s participation in civil society and peacemaking in the Solomon Islands.
Stages of Change is a British Council Community theatre project that began in 2013-15 funded by the European Union, the British Council in collaboration with the British High Commission in Honiara.