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KTUH DJs support Girl Fest Hawai‘i

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Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 5:00 am | Updated: 1:42 pm, Mon Feb 27, 2012.

The eighth annual Girl Fest Hawai‘i will be held from Feb. 16-20 to raise awareness of sexual violence and promote women's empowerment, equality and peace between the sexes. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa will play a role in the festival by hosting academic and other expert speakers. But that's not the only way UH Mānoa will be participating: As a finale, KTUH DJs will be playing at "DJs Against Violence" to close the event.

KTUH's involvement is led by its promotions director, Michelle Umipeg (aka DJ Michelle Labelle). She has worked with Girl Fest since 2009, when she acted in a play that focused on the struggles of victims of sexual violence. "I have a 10-year-old son, and I want him to know that it's not okay to hurt women - that women are powerful and should be respected," said Umipeg.

ADHDJ, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology, is a KTUH DJ who will be performing at the closing party. "I would like to endorse the idea that females can be powerful forces for change in the world," she said. "We are creative, beautiful, talented, intelligent, and vital to today's changing political and social climate. It is not a ‘man's world' anymore, and Girl Fest is helping to showcase that.

But Girl Fest is not just a "woman's world," either. G.E. Dehnert (DJ G-Spot) has been spinning for over 25 years and has established a successful career in Hawai‘i, as well as a national reputation for himself in the underground hip-hop music scene. He said, "Festivals give ground and platforms to those who can only support a cause ... and a conscious patron of the event in the crowd might be inspired and someday be the one to tip change."

“Women should be empowered and have security in order to nurture the people around them. When there is something pure that is violated, it can affect everyone around them. Sex should be wonderful and there shouldn’t be any shame or any ill feelings towards it, but sexual abuse or rape takes away something that should be enjoyable. There may be ways of self-medicating or having empty relationships that numbs their existence. When a woman experiences verbal abuse and physical abuse from anyone, she may or may not be able to get out of abusive relationships. If she has children with the abuser, the children will grow up witnessing the treatment and it isn’t fair to them." -Michelle Umipeg.


WHEN: Monday, Feb. 20; 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

WHERE: Anna O'Briens

COST: $5-$8, 21+

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like to endorse the idea that females can be powerful forces for change in the world," said Polokoff. "We are creative, beautiful, talented, intelligent