Being aware of your rights and privileges and the ability to control your life in a more meaningful and fulfilling way is what empowerment means.
This was the message delivered by human rights lawyer and women’s rights advocate, Sabrina Khan, at the recent launch of the ANGEL magazine, written by author Raveen Kumar in Lautoka.
“Women have at times been unable to speak out about sexual harassment in the workplace due to shame, stigma or cultural constraints. However, that is changing,” Ms Khan said.
“Fiji is progressing where we have role models who have begun to speak out, we have powerful human rights organisations and myself who isn’t afraid or intimidated by anyone to speak up for justice where it’s due.
“To those who are harming the interests of women in the workplace, your time is up because women are now speaking out more than ever.”
Ms Khan is well-known for her success with human rights cases in Fiji and abroad.
In January this year, this newspaper had highlighted her bravery after rescuing a woman from a violent man in an alleyway surrounded by men who appeared too afraid to assist.
Mr Kumar said Ms Khan was an inspiration to women. An empowering world is what ANGEL magazine promotes in Fiji with an emphasis specifically on women’s empowerment.
She spoke about the historical oppression of women worldwide by what was seen as a male dominant world.
“It should never have been that way.”
Sporting a trademark tee-shirt supporting the global campaign ‘Times Up’ at the launching, Ms Khan said the campaign addressed the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept under represented groups from reaching their full potential.
The campaign is supported by American and British celebrities such as singer actor Justin Timberlake whose recent tweet “No more accepting sexual harassment and inequality at work as normal. It’s NOT normal. #TIMESUP” went viral.
When asked why she had taken an interest in humanitarian issues predominantly in Fiji and helping people where she has nothing to gain, Ms Khan said her inspiration came from both Mother Theresa and Julie Andrews.
The magazine is a joint effort by Mr Kumar, together with restaurateur Xin Wei Li and family.
The magazine is a tribute to woman from all walks of life and is a banner for empowerment, bravery, fashion, lifestyle and mentoring.