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35+ years of activism & feminism in Fiji

The Fiji Women's Forum

The Fiji Women's Forum is made up of four women's organization in Fiji hereinafter referred to as the co-conveners namely Soqosoqo Vakamarama i-Taukei, Fiji Women's Rights Movement and femLINKpacific.

Fiji Women’s Forum was formed in 2012 in order to bring together diverse women’s groups, towards the shared aim of increasing women’s participation in leadership. Specifically, they put aside their differences to come together to increase women’s participation in the Fiji national elections held in September 2014.

The forum believes the under-representation of women all spheres is directly linked to many of the challenges that women face, including the struggles with conflict and democratization. The Fiji Women’s Forum believes that the full representation of women at all levels is a fundamental ingredient in the prevention of the resurgence of violence and the long-term sustainability of peace and democracy. 

The co-conveners believe Peace, Human Security and Sustainable Development are possible when women in all our diversities are equal partners within civil society, and with governments and international organizations. Women’s participation is key from the local to the national level and must be supported with an inclusive and creative information and communication system. By amplifying women’s knowledge and voices, a shift from reaction to prevention is possible.

As of 2015, four national forums have been held and they have enabled a diversity of women to mobilize in large numbers and implement civic education in collaboration with other women. Women participated in the constitution making process at different levels and degrees allowing for their voices and experiences to be included in the democratisation process.

The Forum co-convenors have also had opportunities to share knowledge and experiences through exchange with women living under similar contexts such Solomon Islands and Timor Leste.

Ongoing activities include women in politics training, civic education and intergenerational dialogues.

The following are Outcome Statement released at the culmination of each Forum: