Press Release: Launch of the Pacific Feminists Charter for Change
The 2016 Pacific Feminist Charter was launched at the Pacific Feminist Forum at the University of the South Pacific today.
The outcomes document titled 'Pacific Feminists Charter for Change' reflected the issues raised during the three days of discussions.
Fiji Women’s Rights Movement Michelle Reddy said developing the charter was an enriching experience for a lot of participants, who had a chance to hear about the different issues from around the region.
"It’s been a historic moment bringing over a hundred feminists from Fiji and 12 other Pacific Island countries together, to a space of vibrant discussions where we’re able to talk about issues that we face in the Pacific.”
Miki Wali of the Haus of Khameleon said the document captures Pacific feminist perspectives and priorities.
“It talks about our diversities, who we are, the multiple intersecting forms of violence that we are facing in the Pacific. It’s a process where we were able to tell our stories and inform everyone, those with authority, about our challenges.”
Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality Noelene Nabulivou said the charter documented the voices of Pacific Feminists to map out effective processes in furthering gender equality and women's human rights in the Pacific.
“During the process of developing the charter, we found that women across the Pacific are really interested in universal human rights, social economic and ecological justice. It’s not just about women and girls but about equity and fairness for everyone.”
Pacific Young Women Leadership Alliance member Yoshiko Capelle said,
“We’re only going to move forward. It’s great to have a strong feminist movement that supports and encourages young women in the Pacific who are still trying to find their journey.”