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'Occupy Reygandu' for Women's Day

06 March 2019, MVT 18:06
A photograph of Rasrani Bageecha in the capital city of Male' where 'Occupy Reygandu' is set to be held. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/ MIHAARU
06 March 2019, MVT 18:06

'Occupy Reygandu' , which loosely translates to 'Occupy the Night', is set to take place at Rasrani Bageecha on March 8, which is International Women's Day, as a female-only event to demand all public areas to be safe spaces for women, at all hours of the day.

Occupy Reygandu stated that the movement hopes to create a space where women from all walks of life come together to raise awareness about issues that matter to them, demand justice and accountability for violence against women and most importantly to celebrate the power in coming together in their lived realities as women.

Organised by the movement 'Anhenun' (meaning Women) the function is held as a celebration of women coming together and standing up for causes that matter to them.

The Anhenun movement is a collective of women from different backgrounds and different walks of life who want to raise awareness on the issues faced by women in our society, strengthen solidarity and empower each other in facing them.

The gathering aims to create a safe space for women from diverse backgrounds and walks of life, to come together to raise awareness on the issues faced by women in society, strengthen solidarity and empower each other to face the challenges.

According to organizers, it aims to empower women who are harassed, threatened and assaulted in the public sphere widely considered to be dominated by men.

The movement argues that women have every right to feel safe and be able to utilize the roads, parks and other public spaces freely and be able to voice concerns and issues about their lives openly without being shamed.

Additionally, the organization will host sister 'Occupy Reygandu' events in Addu City, Kulhudhuffushi, Haa Dhaalu Atoll, Fuvahmulah City, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Anhenun is in the process of confirming more locations across the country.

A precursor to the event was held at the American Center Male' (ACM), on Sunday, March 3, featuring the screening of ‘Period: End of Sentence’. Participants then held a discussion regarding the documentary that plays on the catchphrase: 'A period should end a sentence — not a girl's education'.

The participants also produce posters for the main event at the American Center.

On Women's Day 2018, the movement 'Keevve' and 'Free the Pad' initiative hosted 'Occupy Saihotaa', under which women ventured to local tea shops known locally as a 'Saihotaa'. The premise of the event was that such locales were typically reserved for male customers.

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