1: Suva, Fiji - January 18-22, 2010
2: Juba, Sudan - March 2010
3: Kampala, Uganda - February 2010
4: Mitrovica, Kosovo - April 26-30, 2010
5: Dushanbe, Tajikistan - May 14-18, 2010
6: Kyiv, Ukraine - June 7-11, 2010
7: Gisenyi, Rwanda - June 11-5, 2010
8: Guba, Azerbaijan - June 28 - July 2, 2010
9: Pittsburgh, USA - July 5-10, 2010
10: Mexico City, Mexico - October 1-5, 2010
11: Luang Prabang, Laos - November 18-22, 2010
Fiji, 18 January 2010 - 20 teenagers from Fiji have gathered in the UNICEF workshop room in Suva on this Monday morning to start the first OneMinutesJr workshop in the year 2010. They will work together for the next five days and create a series of 60-second films on children's rights and the issues closest to their hearts.
The workshop is officially opened by Dr. Isiye Ndombi, the UNICEF Representative in Fiji. While addressing the young people, Dr. Ndombi explains what he expects of the process: "In a way, we want you to become part of the UNICEF team. You have the right to grow up in dignity and this workshop gives you a chance to articulate your opinions on children's rights. It's a great opportunity for you to tell your stories and to open other people's eyes."
And after a short round of introductions from the trainers and the children, the eye-opening starts...
The girls seem to have more courage and so the first four participants who present their stories individually to the two trainers are all girls. Two of them were sexually abused by relatives when they were younger. They have not told many people about this, but they have both turned 18 now and are ready to make their real life stories the topic of their films. One of them says to us: "It happened to me when I was only four years old. I could not tell anybody for so long. First I suffered physically and then I went through hell psychologically. I ended up hating myself, but I just couldn't get out of it."
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