FWRM Signs New Grant with the British High Commission to Support Young Women Leaders

13/10/2016

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement have signed a new grant with the British High Commission as part of a project to help promote young women in leadership.

The Magna Carta project titled, ‘Speak Up, Speak Out: Engaging young women in Fiji's democratization,’ is geared towards creating spaces and mobilizing young women to voice their issues. The Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s dedicated strategic fund supporting their global human rights and democracy work.

“This is a significant moment, as we’re continuing to invest and recognise the role of young women in national development and democratization,” said FWRM Acting Executive Director Michelle Reddy.

British High Commissioner, HE Ms Melanie Hopkins said, “The United Kingdom has firmly placed the promotion and protection of women’s rights at the core of their human rights work. We will continue to play a leading role on this issue.”

The project will help support FWRM’s Young Women in Leadership Programmes (YWLP), particularly, the Fiji Young Women’s Forum which is co-convened by the Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni (ELFA), Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA) and the Young Women Leadership Team- FemLINK Pacific. The forum brings together young women from diverse backgrounds to strengthen their capacity as leaders and encourages them to bring about transformative change in their communities.
“Young women face discrimination for different reasons, particularly because of their age and gender. As a result, they’re not being heard and are left in vulnerable situations,” said Reddy.

“This project helps create visibility for young women and girls, to challenge the existing structures that hinder gender equality and human rights. The inclusion of young women and girls is integral to ensuring a stronger, more effective democracy.”

High Commissioner, Ms Hopkins said, “The British High Commission is looking forward to working with the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement in empowering more young Fijian women through this programme.” The project will be implemented by FWRM and takes effect from November 2016 to the year 2018.


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For more information contact:
FWRM Communication Officer Maryann Lockington
Head of Communication and Public Affairs, British High Commission