Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHA­HANI MALA and MERE SATAKALA Edited by Paula Tu­vuki

Fiji will host the first Pa­cific Fem­i­nist Fo­rum to­day. This will also be the first time for the Pa­cific Is­land coun­tries to host this fo­rum. Fiji Women’s Rights Move­ment pro­gramme di­rec­tor Michelle Reddy said: “It was our dream to host the Pa­cific Fem­i­nist Fo­rum in the Pa­cific and it is now a real­ity. The fo­rum will bring to­gether around 130 par­tic­i­pants from 13 dif­fer­ent coun­tries. The fo­rum’s main aim is to give Pa­cific women hu­man rights de­fend­ers a space to cel­e­brate their di­ver­sity and progress that’s been made to ad­vance hu­man rights and to build and strengthen re­la­tion­ships to pro­mote sol­i­dar­ity.

It will be held at the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific (USP) from to­day till Wed­nes­day and the theme is Map­ping Jour­neys, Build­ing Move­ments.

Speak­ers from dif­fer­ent coun­tries will speak at th­ese re­spec­tive days. The or­gan­is­ers will also launch the 2016 Pa­cific Fem­i­nist Char­ter for Change dur­ing the fo­rum. “This was once just an idea, but now through the hard work of a group of re­gional fem­i­nists and sup­port of part­ners, we’ll be host­ing the first-ever fo­rum of this kind,” Ms Reddy said.

Key is­sues that will be dis­cussed in­clude fem­i­nism, ac­tivism and ad­vo­cacy in the Pa­cific, hu­man rights and cli­mate jus­tice.

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