Countdown Begins for the Pacific Feminist Forum
The Pacific Feminist Forum is an opportunity to strengthen the regional feminist movement in order to amplify their concerns and issues at global spaces.
“This was once just an idea but now, through the hard work of a group of regional feminists and support from partners, we will be making herstory by hosting the first forum of this nature in the Pacific,” said the Fiji Women's Rights Acting Executive Director, Michelle Reddy during a PACMAS media training conference at Tanoa Plaza today.
Member of Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA), Shirley Tagi said, "Here in the Pacific, we are starting it. A small start will create a ripple effect and in five years time the event can be bigger than we ever dreamed of.” "As a feminist we always say, 'If you don't speak now, you will never speak again' and nothing will be done. This is the space where we celebrate our diversity as women from around the Pacific."
Ms Reddy said the three-day event consisted of different thematic areas that reflected on the work of Pacific feminists. The forum opening plenary on day 1 will be open to the public, while workshops were limited to participants only.
“We will also be commemorating Women’s Human Rights Defenders Day on 29 November with a panel open to the public,” said Ms Reddy. “We’re also very excited to celebrate FWRM’s 30th birthday which coincides with the PFF.”
The forum will take from the 28th-30th of November at the University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus.