Thursday October 20, 2011

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

FWRM selected for AWID 2012

 

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) is today proud to announce the selection of two of its proposal for the Association for Women’s Rights in Development’s (AWID) International Forum next year.

 

Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice, the 12th AWID International Forum, will gather up to 2000 women’s rights leaders and activists from around the world from April 19 to 22, 2012 at the Halic Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

According to FWRM’s Executive Director Virisila Buadromo, “out of the over 800 proposals AWID received to host a session at the forum next year, only 100 were chosen – this includes two proposals from FWRM! We have very excited to be part of such a gathering”.

 

The AWID Forum aims to explore how economic power is impacting on women and the planet, and to facilitate connections among the very diverse groups working on these issues from both human rights and justice approaches so that together we contribute to stronger, more effective strategies to advance women's rights and justice.

 

“In line with the theme, FWRM will host a session on "Implementation of 'gender responsive laws' - who decides allocation of resources?” Panelists for the session will be from Fiji, Cook Islands and a representative from Micronesia,” said Buadromo.

 

The session will discuss some of the experiences from small island states in the Pacific. The session objectives are:

 

 

 

  • To discuss how Family Law legislation are implemented in countries and how much resources are allocated for the implementation.
  • To generate discussions on who decides what resources will be used on the implementation of Family Law legislation.
  • To discuss what are the roles of international monetary institutions in influencing funding allocation for implementation of legislation. In addition to also ascertain what percentage States’ set aside to for Family Law legislation.
  • To discuss and share experiences of what factors may hinder the implementation of Family Law legislation.

 

 

 

She further adds that “FWRM will also collaborate with AWID; the Asian Network of Women's Funds and the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (Ghana) to host a combined session on “Trends Affecting Women’s and Rights Funding: Global and Regional Perspectives”.

 

This session will bring together donors, women’s and rights activists and feminist researches to debate and strategize around the state of women’s rights funding in specific regions and globally. It will draw on research findings and experiences and challenges with mobilizing resources for women’s and girl’s organising. Through a lively and dynamic discussion, five panelists will be sharing research findings around similar research on “Where is the Money for Women’s Rights” in different contexts and regions and their practical experience around challenges for assuring funding for women’s rights organising and for securing unrestricted funds for women’s rights work.

 

This will be FWRM’s 2nd year of participation at AWID.

For information or queries please contact FWRM on 331 2711 / 8677330 or email