Fiji Young Women’s Forum

PRESS RELEASE

Forum to highlight young women’s concerns

Close to 50 young women from all over the country will converge at Novotel in Lami for three days - Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November 2013 - to participate in the inaugural Fiji Young Women’s Forum.

The Forum will be a platform for meaningful engagement where young women (between the ages of 18 – 35) of multifarious backgrounds will discuss issues important to them, develop time bound strategies, related activities and initiatives towards their social, economic, civil and political empowerment.

The Forum envisions to encourage extensive vocalization of thoughts and personal experiences in order to identify specific needs surrounding young women’s development and their substantive participation in Fiji’s transitional processes towards democratisation.

To ensure an inclusive and holistic representation, young women who are unable to attend the Forum are invited to participate by proxy. The Forum’s Facebook Page has featured key is generating active discussions which is being collated in a database for deliberation at the Forum this weekend. The Forum’s Page Administrators offer prize packs (Fiji Women’s Rights Movement’s I AM Voting Campaign merchandise) to progressive contributors every week.

Day 2 of the Forum will be also be live-streamed across the world wide web and young women are encouraged to log on and view the discussions and also ask questions and provide feedback via the discussion forum application.

Objectives of the Forum have a significant degree of alignment to the very recent Outcomes Statement of the Pacific Young Women’s Leadership Alliance – “The Future We Want: We, young women of the Pacific, affirm our power as decision makers, implementers, change agents, partners, and leaders of today and the future.”

The co-conveners of the Forum are the Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni (ELFA), Generation Next (GenNext), the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) and Diverse Voices for Action (DIVA). All four organisations have a combined experience of over two decades of working with young women across the country and building on achievements of women’s rights advocates.

Media Invite

Members of the media are invited to cover the delivery of the keynote address this evening at the Novotel Lami by Guest Speaker Ms Deanne Uyangoda from Sri Lanka at 7pm and also for the Outcomes Statement on Sunday afternoon at the same venue.

For further queries, please contact Ms Tavai Bale on 679 9990869 or Ms Shazia Usman on 679 9228389.