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35+ years of activism & feminism in Fiji

Women in Decent Work

Decent work has been a priority area of work for FWRM spanning decades. The right to live and work free from any form of violence and harassment is accorded to everyone irrespective of one’s sex, gender and/ or socioeconomic background. Despite this provision in place, many women experience violence and harassment in the world of work. Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace has been a key area of work for FWRM within the thematic area of Women in Decent Work for more than a decade. There have been multiple campaigns, training, research and development of specialized training toolkits which were undertaken in national spaces, including lobbying for legislative changes such as contributions to the national employment laws in Fiji (Employment Relations Act). 

As early as the 1990’s, FWRM has campaigned and continued to push for legislative changes for better protection of women’s human rights in the world of work and to end sexual harassment in the workplace. In the early 2000s, FWRM critiqued the proposed Industrial Relations Bill and developed lobbying documents for social partners. During this time, a nationwide research on the prevalence of sexual harassmet in the workplace was commissioned by FWRM and found that 1 in 3 women faced SH in the workplace. In 2007, the ERA included SH.  FWRM updated our research in 2016 aqnd found that 1 in 5 Fijian women were found to have been sexually harassed in the workplace. The follow up awareness-raising campaign from 2016- 2018 has further raised the profile of the issue in Fiji leading to requests on training workshops and policy drafting.

As part of this work, FWRM carries out Sexual Harassment Prevention training workshops and in 2022 conducted its first regional Training of Trainers. The training, also held for national partners, various organisations and community leaders raises awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace and provides capacity building to develop organisational sexual harassment prevention policies. In 2022 we also collaborated with the University of the South Pacific to study and publicise a report on the prevalence of sexual harassment experienced by local female journalists. FWRM comtinues to campaign on this issue.


Stop Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The “Not OK: Stop Sexual Harassment” campaign is an awareness raising initiative to stop sexual harassment in the workplace using data from FWRM’s 2016 study on the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace.

This study was a follow-up to FWRM's ground-breaking study conducted in 2002. In the 2016 study, from the 1013 women surveyed, it was found that 1 in 5 had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

                   

Part of the campaign includes publishing and disseminating info-graphic posters and pocket pamphlets that contain findings from the 2016 research and also provide knowledge and resources on stopping sexual harassment. FWRM also produced this short animated info-graphic video for social media.

Supported through the Australian Government through the We Rise Coalition.

            

#NotOK
#SafeWorkPlaces
#WeRiseCoalition
#StopHarassmentFiji 

In 2022 and marking World Press Freedom Day, another momentous research report was published that captured the lived realities of Fijian women journalists in their workplaces. The event opened up national conversations around how safe our workplaces are for our women, and they attracted nationwide media coverage. FWRM hopes to continue to engage with various sectors to produce sector specific research around prevalence rates. 

 

 

Training

  • The Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention Training - This is an initiative undertaken by FWRM to increase the awareness of and prevent the incidence of sexual harassment in the workplace. FWRM’s internationally designed toolkit through local evidence generation will help organisations increase their awareness and develop their own sexual harassment policies. It is a paid service.

  • Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) Workshop - Organisations need to build an internal culture that does not tolerate sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment of any kind. This applies to our own organisation and extends to those that we work with. The PSEAH workshop is packaged to strengthen an organisation’s approach to safeguarding – by enhancing accountability, improving support for those who are affected, and driving cultural change through strong leadership.  FWRM works with organisations to develop a PSEAH Policy to establish a strong framework that can drive change and support best practice across your organisation. This is a paid service.

Why are these training important?According to Fiji’s Employment Relations Promulgation (2007), 76 (2) - an employer must develop and maintain a policy to prevent sexual harassment in his or her workplace. FWRM’s tailor-made training can help your organisation understand sexual harassment and its prevalence in the workplace; and develop and design your own internal policies on sexual harassment. 

Target audience

  • Employees
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Contract Workers
  • Volunteers

Key Topics

  • What is sexual harassment?
  • Types of Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Harassment and Fiji’s law
  • FWRM Research on Sexual Harassment
  • Creation of a Sexual Harassment Policy

Training Outcomes

  • Learning what sexual harassment in the workplace constitutes and the effects of sexual harassment on victims, the working environment and organisational productivity.
  • Defining the various types of sexual harassment and understanding the prevalence of sexual harassment in the country.
  • Understanding the legal requirements of establishing a sexual harassment policy in the workplace.

 Who to Contact

If your organisation is interested, please send your Expression of Interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and all enquiries regarding training cost and any other information needed.