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Title: Women's collective creativity : playful and transgressive processes for building peace in Fiji : a story from women's action for change

Author: Clery, Tui Nicola , Nabulivou, Noelene
Subject:  ART|Performance
 Community theatre
Volume: Vol.31 no.2, 2011
Collation: p. 163-182

Abstract: This paper explores the arts as a means of re-claiming, sharing and strengthening women’s storytelling, peace building and gender equality work in Fiji, through a case study of the work of the community organisation Women’s Action for Change. It will describe various aspects of the provocatively named ‘F word’ theatre production, an innovative and participatory process of collective creativity and community empowerment. WAC’s feminist peace building praxis places creative and process-centred work firmly at its centre, and honours the ongoing activism of women and girls in Fiji who are working creatively on social transformation, towards gender equality and social justice. This is a story of women purposefully and creatively making transgressions across social and cultural boundaries, claiming new spaces and possibilities for themselves and for Fiji, and playfully encouraging others to do the same.

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