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 The Fiji Women’s Forum and Fiji Young Women’s Forum National Convention 2017

 

 Creating a Better Future:

Inaugural National Women’s Convention Outcomes Statement

Nadi, Fiji Islands

30 August 2017

Affirming Our Power and Leadership

August 28 - 30, 2017 marked another historic moment in Fiji’s history and the her’story of our women’s movement with the inaugural National Women’s Convention.

Co-convened by The Fiji Women’s Forum and the Fiji Young Women’s Forum, this National Convention is a commitment to continue to support the empowerment of women in promoting political participation in the pursuance of self determination, true democracy and representation.

There are persistent inequalities and inequities perpetuated by structures and institutions and societal practices that disregard women, people, agency, human rights, freedoms, indigenous, ethnic minority and other community concerns.

As diverse women leaders, we commit to bring the voice, agency and actions grounded in collaboration and solidarity from community to national level to create a better future.

Progressing our Collective Vision for Fiji:

The National Convention was an opportunity to discuss effective implementation of Fiji's 2013 Constitution in relation to diverse needs of women and develop key strategies and recommendations to government and all other stakeholders to address limitations faced by women, in advancement of gender equality and universal human rights.


The National Convention is a vital platform to continuously create awareness on women’s political participation in local and national democratization processes. It is an opportunity to identify feasible, sustainable, realistic and strategic approaches to women and community led accountability.

The Way Forward:

The National Convention identified ongoing initiatives including civic education, peace and human security, economic and ecological justice, health and well being.

Laws govern and shape the architecture of a country. It is important that the Constitution is accessible to the ordinary citizen since it is the supreme law of the land. Access to justice for us begins with enhanced understanding of our rights as enshrined in our Constitution, including the Bill of Rights and all sections involving governance and practices. As a living document, the Constitution should be reviewed in line with the evolving socio-political context, that is our reality.

Women will continue to influence local to national political and governance structures and processes despite barriers to political participation including discrimination, socio-economic, climate change and environmental constraints. We commit to the highest ambition in Pacific Island positions on climate change and disaster risk reduction and response, to ensure the survival of Pacific people and the planet. Women led civil society will continue to mobilise till the commitments for gender equality, peace and human security are met.

The Fiji Women’s Forum and the Fiji Young Women’s Forum are committed to progress the recommendations for action.

Background:

The National Convention brought together representatives of diverse constituencies from across Fiji and upholding the qualities of women’s leadership building on the rich tradition of activism of Fijian women throughout our national history. This includes a commitment to collaborative leadership with young women throughout the country, which can build on the herstory of women’s participation in political spaces including social movements.

Together 109 women, aged between 18 and 75 years from the 14 provinces of Fiji engaged in dialogue which contributes to strengthening a nationwide network.

This builds on the work of the co-convenors of both forums since 2012, which has enabled a diversity of women (including women with disabilities, as well as different faiths, cultures, sexualities, gender identities, ages, demographics and opinions) to mobilize in large numbers and implement civic education programmes, as well as participate at different levels and degrees, in the constitution making process enabling women voices and experiences to be included in the ongoing democratization process.

 

The Fiji Women’s Forum and Fiji Young Women’s Forum are two spaces created for all women to allow an avenue for national engagement. Both the forums were conceptualized during Fiji’s democratization in 2012 and have since conducted its various national consultations with women from across Fiji from the issues of Constitution, Women in Politics and advocating for inclusiveness of marginalised women’s groups.

The  Fiji  Women’s  Forum  is  co  convened  by  Soqosoqo Vakamarama  Taukei, National Council of Women, femLINKpacific & Fiji Women’s Rights Movement.

The Fiji Young Women’s Forum is co-convened BY young women FOR young women, with Diverse Voices and Action for Equality Fiji (DIVA), Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni (ELFA), and femLINKpacific’s Programme Associates.

We acknowledge the support of We Rise (DFAT).

30th  August, 2017

Endorsed by:

No.

Names

1

Inise Tavaiqia

2

Limaina Turaga

3

Carolyn K

4

Selina Lee Wah

5

Shanti Sharma

6

Litia Natanui

7

Taraivini Kulavere

8

Sian Rolls

9

Miriam Semisi

10

Finau Nalairuwai

11

Joana Soro

12

Ashie Naisara

13

Fane Boseiwaqa

14

Hannah Hicks

15

Kalis

16

Nalini Singh

17

Sokoveti Raditini

18

Aseri Natoma

19

Vani Tuvuki

20

Soko Lutumailagi

21

Roberta Bonner

22

Dimakitalena

23

Sereana Macedru

24

Laisa Rokovu

25

Josephine Kalouniviti

26

Sapeci Vereivalu

27

Gorgia Lilo

28

Rusila Kauona

29

Eseta Tuimabu

30

Silina Tuilevu

31

Mereani Vere

32

Venina Moce


33

Ateca Waqaniburotu

34

Michelle Lomaloma

35

Viniana Cakau

36

Nilin V Deo

37

Nirmala Sharma

38

Laisa Lewenavanua

39

Laisani Sepo

40

Kalesita Burebalavu

41

Joana Mataitoga

42

Jai Mati

43

Losana Derenalagi

44

Lanieta B Matavesi

45

Makarita Dawai

46

Miri Cama

47

Walliama Swamy

48

Georgina Simpson

49

Julieanne Smith

50

Sera Wilson

51

Vasiti Cakau

52

Mereani Nawadra

53

Mere Dainitoga

54

Raijieli Nabevu

55

Lorraine Forster

56

Litia Vuladausiga

57

Asenaca W

58

Melenia Tuinivanua

59

Videi K

60

Adi Vasulevu

61

Viniana Toga

62

Lainiana Ere Serukalou

63

Vaseva Muaibeqa

64

S. K. Fong

65

Melaia Qomate

66

Loraine N

67

Veronica V

68

Hannah Mara

69

Petra C

70

Helyna P

71

Elenoa Qica

72

Adi Lusiana Caucau

73

Agu Tuinasau

74

Lucille Chute

75

Vika Kalokalo

76

Regina Rakacikaci

77

Kini Rokotuisuva

78

Mei Mili

79

Shyana Ali

80

Lillian Delana

81

Mamta Chand

82

Kele Gavidi

83

Maraia Tabunakawai

84

Losana Tuiraviravi


85

Chandra Fisi’ahi

86

Finau Tabakaucoro

87

Tamani Rarama

89

Bikoca Bavadra

90

Bonita Qio

91

Koleta Sivivatu

92

Tavaita Tubainavatu

93

Maria Salacakau

94

Anjuman Khaiyum

95

Nila Rao

96

Alumita D

97

P. Nair

98

Amasai Jeke

99

Sala T

100

Roshni Pal

101

A.  K. Mara

102

Lasarusa Seru

103

Priscilla Singh

104

Tauga Vulaono

105

Viva Tatawaqa

106

Sepesa Rasili

107

Noelene Nabulivou

108 Fay Volatabu