The Fiji Times
A feminist media powerhouse
IN 2007, while I was still a university student navigating the early phases of my life and a career path that seemed worlds apart from where I stand today, I embarked on a journey with FemLINK Pacific.
Little did I know that this decision would be the start of an incredible voyage into the heart of an organisation dedicated to making a profound impact on society.
Over the years, I have witnessed the unwavering dedication and sacrifices of the pillars of this organisation, the feminists who have tirelessly shaped and moulded FemLINK Pacific into what it is today.
FemLINK Pacific is not just a media organisation; it is a local, regional, and national catalyst for change using accessible media and information.
Its vision extends far beyond the confines of traditional media, seeking to create a Pacific region where gender justice, ecological sustainability, peace, freedom, equality, and human rights prevail.
From those humble beginnings, FemLINK
Pacific has evolved significantly. It has adapted its programs, activities, and platforms to meet the ever-changing demands of the times.
The organisation has transformed into a feminist media powerhouse, amplifying the lived realities of women on the ground, shedding light on stories that might otherwise remain in the shadows.
One of the most satisfying aspects of this journey has been witnessing the personal growth of women leaders within the organization.
Their potential has grown exponentially, and their networks have expanded.
With newfound confidence and access to information, they have become independent agents of change and rural women leaders in their own respective communities.
Through the power of media and new technology, they have learned to communicate effectively, ensuring that their voices are heard, and their stories shared.
As FemLINK Pacific has grown, so has its network. What began in Ba and Tavua has extended to Rakiraki, Lautoka, and Sigatoka.
Even in Vanua Levu, where the organisation initially operated in just three main networks, it has expanded to include Lagi, Tawake, Saqani and now recently we have a Levuka district.
The journey with FemLINK Pacific has been a testament to the organisation's commitment to creating positive change in the Pacific region.
It is about more than just reporting the news; it's about shaping the narrative, empowering women, and advocating for justice, sustainability, and equality.
With each milestone achieved, each new network established, and each empowered woman emerging from its ranks, FemLINK Pacific moves closer to realising its vision of a Pacific region where gender justice, ecological sustainability, peace, freedom, equality, and human rights are not just ideals but lived realities.
We even take pride in our Women's
Weather Watch network where women become weather watchers themselves and become point of information for their families and communities.
In a world where the voices of women often go unheard, FemLINK Pacific stands as a beacon of hope and empowerment.
It has been an incredible journey, and I am proud to have been a part of it from those early days when I was a university student trying to figure out life.
The organisation's impact is undeniable, and its future is undoubtedly bright as it continues to pave the way for a better Pacific region for all.
Happy birthday femLINKpacific, may you continue to be a beacon of light and hope for our diverse women and continue to grow to create positive impacts and empower the women of Fiji and the Pacific.