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29 January 2022

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Fiji Women's Rights Movement

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14 young women graduate from FWRM’s 8th Emerging Leaders Forum Programme

14 young women graduate from FWRM’s 8th Emerging Leaders Forum Programme

29/01/2022

Fourteen young women from the western division, members of the eighth (8) cohort of the Emerging Leaders Forum (ELF) Programme run by the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM), graduated this evening in Lautoka.

The ELF 8 graduates had undergone a series of workshops facilitated by FWRM through a hybrid modality of virtual and face to face sessions using the Young Women in Leadership Toolkit. ELF 8 programme is supported by the Australian Government through the Women's Fund Fiji.

“This event is an exciting achievement for FWRM after diversifying the ELF Programme to the western division last year. These young women from Tavua, Ba and Lautoka were chosen with the aim of ensuring that FWRM’s flagship programmes reach out to as many young women across Fiji as we can manage. We are encouraged by the response we have received in this regard and we are glad to have created a space for young women’s voices and experiences from other parts of Fiji to be heard as well as to contribute to the next generation of feminist leaders,” FWRM Executive Director, Nalini Singh said.

Different thematic sessions from the Young Women in Leadership Toolkit were implemented between April 2021 and January 2022 where the graduates engaged with renowned feminists and women’s human rights defenders in Fiji to understand better first hand from their practice and experiences. With the current pandemic crisis, around 8 sessions were piloted online.

‘I am glad my friend introduced me to this programme as I have learnt a lot of things that have definitely changed my perspectives around women’s rights and abilities. I feel empowered as a young woman and I will definitely take what I’ve learnt to the vulnerable women of my community. I am a proud feminist and I have a voice and the capacity to challenge the patriarchal values that I grew up with – this is my biggest learning from the programme,” said ELF 8 graduate, Ritika Prasad.

Ms Singh said FWRM is very proud of the ELF Programme and the impact it has had in the lives of over 100 young women graduates who are equipped with the capacity to continue feminist-based advocacy locally and abroad.

The ELF programme, incepted in 2003, is designed for young women between the ages of 18-25 years with an intergenerational approach to strengthen young women's abilities to critically analyse socio-political-economic issues and enhance their advocacy skills with a feminist and gender lens.

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