Tuesday, 26th January 2016

PRESS RELEASE: ELF Graduate Appointed to AWID Board of Directors

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement and the Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni (ELFA) congratulate Betty Barkha on her recent election to the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) Board, an influential global organisation with over 30 years experience in development, sustainability, gender equality and women’s rights.

Betty, who is originally from Lautoka, is a human rights advocate with extensive experience in gender equality, peace & security, youth inclusion and climate change. Betty is currently based in Thailand with the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development. She is also involved with the FRIDA Young Feminist Fund, Women Deliver Young Leaders Program and the Asia Pacific Alliance on Women Peace and Security.

FWRM’s Executive Director Tara Chetty says: “We are thrilled to have a young woman leader from Fiji on the AWID Board, to represent the concerns of Pacific women. Betty is a strategic leader, committed to the principles of feminism and human rights, and an outstanding graduate of our young women’s leadership programme.”

She graduated from FWRM’s Emerging Leader’s Forum in 2012. ELF is a year-long leadership-training programme for young women in Fiji, which began in 2002 and now has an Alumni of over 100 young women leaders.

ELFA Co-ordinator Funmike Lilo echoes similar sentiments expressed by Chetty: “The Alumni is ecstatic about Betty’s appointment to the AWID Board. She has dedicated herself to doing amazing work and this can only be one more step towards that and being a proud voice for young Pacific women.”

Betty is currently involved in research under the Australian National University’s Pacific Research Colloquium to understand climate change resilience initiatives undertaken by Pacific grassroots and indigenous women using traditional knowledge.

Says Barkha: “I am extremely keen on becoming involved with AWID and the team and being a representative voice from the Pacific. It's been an empowering journey and I hope to continuously contribute towards Pacific development.”

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