Stage set for Inaugural Pacific Feminist Forum
Feminists and women's human rights defenders from across the region will gather, specifically as Pacific Islanders, for the first time at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Laucala Campus in Suva, Fiji as part of the Pacific Feminist Forum in November this year.
“This is an important forum, besides being the first of its kind, it will help mobilize and strengthen the women's movement in the Pacific,” said Fiji Women's Rights Movement (FWRM) Acting Executive Director Michelle Reddy. “Pacific feminists are always present at global spaces lobbying for issues important to us, but there has never been a space in our own region to engage and strengthen solidarity," she said.
"The forum is a unique opportunity to come together and celebrate our achievements as well as learn from each other and build new relationships." This is in line with the overall PFF theme, "Mapping Journeys and Building Movements."
The 3-day forum will consist of a series of workshops aligned to the theme, plenaries open to the public and closed plenaries exclusively for PFF participants, information booths and market set-ups. Additionally, the forum dates fall on important milestones within the human rights calendar and for the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement itself.
"The forum takes place in November 28, 29, 30 which is part of the 16 Days of Activism," said Reddy. "This is also especially important to us as it commemorates Women’s Human Rights Defenders Day and FWRM’s 30th anniversary."
The Forum is set to bring together around 100 women and human rights activists from 22 island states including Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Republic of Marshall Islands, Autonomous Region of Bougainville. The forum is organised by the Fiji Women's Rights Movement in partnership with Bold Alliance, Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality, Haus of Khameleon, the Pacific Young Women's Leadership Alliance (PYWLA), International Women's Development Agency (IWDA), the University of the South Pacific, UN Women, the Westpac Women's Markets and FemLINKPACIFIC. This activity is supported through the We Rise 2 program, with the We Rise Coalition, and funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).