Tuesday marked the beginning of the Stages of Change Media Week, a celebration of women and the remarkable development of the EU Funded Stages of Change women’s theatre group focused on eliminating violence against women and children.
The British Council and SIPPA will launch a ground-breaking book ‘Voices Against Violence’- published in both English and Pidgin – a collection of first-hand stories of survivors of violence, and the women who have taken to the stage to raise awareness about gender violence.
The same week, the project partners will launch a documentary shot over two years, which follows the development of the theatre group and their historic journeys within the Solomons, and to the Melanesian Festival in Papua New Guinea, and the Small Islands Developing States Conference in Samoa.
The project is funded by the European Union, British Council and British High Commission Honiara. It’s delivered by the British Council and SIPPA, with theatre experts from The Conch (Wellington, NZ) led by Nina Nawalowalo.
While the project itself is due to end at the beginning of March, the partners are working with the Solomons Government and civil organisations to ensure sustainability of the theatre group, which is the first of its kind in the Solomon Islands. The book is: Voices Against Violence – a collection of first-hand stories of survivors of violence, and the women who have taken to the stage to raise awareness about gender violence.
“Women living in the Solomon Islands share their stories as survivors of violence and/or participants in the ground-breaking Stages of Change theatre project, funded by the European Union.”