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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

#HNNFiji #Fiji celebrates #OrangeMonth this December by painting the walls #HNNCommunity

Credits Kimberley Sachs

DECEMBER is orange month and the Fiji National University is making that known by painting a 37 metre wall orange in recognition of 16 Days of Activism and the elimination of gender-based violence.

FNU's College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences has taken the call by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon seriously and dedicated much of the month of December to standing up for women's rights and indeed human rights — and encouraging the community to do so also.

"We want to orange up our hood and support the UN Women's call for people to write a message by making an orange wall and inviting the whole community to come and write a message," college Dean Professor Ian Rouse explained yesterday.

"We are trying to get the community involved and encourage everyone, especially boys and men, to write some positive and empowering messages."

The wall, which was painted a bright orange yesterday, is something of a public canvas that people are being invited to write on or draw on with messages pertaining to the elimination of gender violence.

"This year, the UN is calling for more action and to be honest, I think it's time we all got involved. It's time for all to say enough. And it's really time for men to start saying so."

The wall will be painted until December 10, when the 16 Days of Activism officially ends.

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