FIJI TO HOST FIRST PACIFIC FEMINIST FORUM
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.