The inaugural Pacific Feminist Forum was held from the 28th–30th of November, 2016 at the University of the Pacific in Suva, Fiji.
Over 100 feminists from the Pacific region gathered for the 3 day event and acknowledged, recognised and celebrated our achievements within a collective space.
Pacific Feminists have represented the region at various high-level meetings both regionally and internationally and successfully influenced those spaces in terms of networking, strategizing and developing strong alliances with fellow activists worldwide. However it is important that activists from this region are provided the space to re-energize themselves for transformative change within the Pacific.
The forum also identified challenges and we rearticulated a shared vision, shared strategies, built new and strengthened old alliances and further defined our shared politics.
The Pacific Feminist Forum served as a central location to Pacific feminist activists who are often unable to meet with and draw inspiration from each other’s perspectives, energies and experiences due to lack of opportunity.
The challenge is the geographical divide and socio-economic realities of 22 developing island states. Pacific feminism faces a unique hardship of continuous engagement and solidified efforts as access to resources are scarce, with islands so distant, making physical solidarity difficult, but also an isolation of feminists separated by the world’s largest ocean.
The Pacific feminist movement therefore is one going against the current, as advocates and activists forge through the vast Pacific territory to consolidate works and push a Pacific development agenda to the forefront of global progress plans.
The creation of the Charter of Pacific Feminist Principles was a key outcome of the PFF and set out collective principles that will guide our work as feminists within the region.