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02 May 2023

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Fiji Women's Rights Movement

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Young Women from Navua and Sigatoka join FWRM's Emerging Leaders Forum Programme

Young Women from Navua and Sigatoka join FWRM's Emerging Leaders Forum Programme

17/04/2023

FOURTEEN young women have now joined the ninth cohort of the Emerging Leaders Forum (ELF) programme run by the Fiji Women's Rights Movement (FWRM).

FWRM conducted the orientation programme last weekend (Saturday, April 15, 2023) for members of the ELF 9 cohort who have been recruited from within the Navua and Sigatoka corridor. The ELF 9 programme is supported by the Australian Government through the Women's Fund Fiji.

FWRM's Executive Director, Nalini Singh said the organisation was proud of how the programme has evolved in bringing young feminist leadership training to young women outside of the central division and from informal and rural communities, beginning with the previous cohort.

Ms Singh said the strategy ensures that FWRM continues to contribute towards developing and strengthening leadership and advocacy skills including capacity in decision making spaces of young women from diverse communities, who are often deprived of support.

"Our work towards achieving gender equality requires us to have a comprehensive understanding of the issues that women face, and young women face multiple discrimination due to their age, gender and abilities. This is why we need our young women to learn about these issues and speak up against the inequalities they face. Programmes such as the ELF continue to provide the platform for these issues to be expressed and strategies to address them,” she said.

The ELF 9 programme runs from April to August this year, under 12 modules with a series of workshops on different thematic areas on women’s human rights, leadership, violence

against women, economic empowerment, sexual and reproductive health and rights, climate justice and more.

The workshops will be facilitated by FWRM staff and other renowned feminist and human rights defenders in the country.

ELF 9 Participant from Sigatoka, Rubayesha Khan acknowledged the orientation session and has high hopes of engaging in advocacy on issues faced by Fijian women through knowledge gained from the programme.

"I look forward to learning as much as I can from the programme and developing leadership skills so that I can become another voice for women facing discrimination in Fiji," she said.

Carlos Ragogo of Navua is excited about upcoming activities in the programme and looks forward to learning more about issues faced by women and minority groups such as the LGBTQIA+ community.

The ELF Programme is designed for young women between the ages of 18 and 25 years with more than 100 graduates who are now members of the alumnae and working across Fiji, the Pacific and globally, some continuing within the feminist, human rights and civil society movements.

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