• FWRM’s GIRLs and Fijiana team at International Women’s Day 2015
  • FWRM and Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre staff and allies after making their joint submission the Yash Ghai Constitution Commission, October 2012.
  • Participants of the Fiji Young Women’s Forum, March 2014
  • Participants of the Fiji Young Women’s Forum, March 2014
  • Young women with “My Guide to Voting” booklet, June 2014
  • One Billion Rising Campaign 2015
  • Feminist Photo Booth, December 2014
  • Young Women’s Forum, April 2015
  • Large turnout at Human Rights Day celebrations 2014

About the Fiji women's rights movement (FWRM)

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement was established by a group of women who saw an opportunity to change laws and policies which discriminate against women

On April 10, 1986 this group of 56 women from various backgrounds took up the challenge of correcting the imbalances in women’s socio-economic and political status – they saw an opportunity to “balance the scales”. They were driven by the values of feminism, human rights, the rule of law, multi-culturalism, and good governance – the same principles that still guide FWRM as an organisation and a movement today.

Over a quarter of a century later, the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) can be described as a leading feminist human rights organisation that links local concerns to global debates.

 

Objectives

Objectives

  • To publicly address all issues affecting women’s human rights, status and opportunity within Fiji
  • To advocate for improved policy and legislation on issues affecting women’s rights;
  • To promote equal access to services by women and equal opportunity though appropriate enabling actions;
  • To ensure the Movement remains a well-managed and sustainable organisation, giving leadership opportunities to women, networking and sharing experiences with others in Pacific and internationally.
The following 4 pillars underpin the work we do at FWRM

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Democratisation

Democratisation

This pillar encompasses our work on promoting democracy, the rule of law and human rights in Fiji. Under this pillar, FWRM works to increase meaningful engagement of young women and girls in democratisation, as well as other marginalised groups. We also work with other civil society organisations in influencing the process from a women’s human rights perspective.

Institutional, structual & policy transformation

Institutional, structual & policy transformation

We are focused on promoting policy and legislative reforms towards the realisation of women’s human rights and transforming structures that discriminate against women and girls.

This includes documenting human rights violations and lobbying to address these violations through the implementation of human rights conventions.

Through key partnerships with national, regional and international organisations such as Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA), and the Pacific Youth Council (PYC), FWRM also works toward the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) regionally and internationally.


Intergenerational Leadership

Intergenerational Leadership

Intergenerational women’s leadership is a key element in counteracting discrimination and raising awareness of women’s human rights. It also contributes to strengthening Fijian and Pacific women’s movements.

FWRM’s Emerging Leaders’ Forum (ELF) is a one year feminist leadership program aimed at strengthening young women’s capacity to advocate for positive change using human rights based training approaches.

Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni (ELFA) are graduates of the ELF who continue to advocate for the meaningful inclusion of young women in the women’s rights and feminist movements.

GIRLS (Grow, Inspire, Relate, Lead, Succeed) engages girls aged between 10 and 12 years old to increase their awareness of feminism, gender and human rights. The girls are encouraged to increase their agency because FWRM believes that if the participants can express themselves about the things that matter to them when they are girls, they will go on to be articulate advocates for their rights when they are women.


Organisational Strengthening

Organisational Strengthening

This pillar focuses on the longevity and sustainability of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement with heightened profile and presence.

 

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