Imrana is a Senior Social Development Specialist at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She has a Bachelor's degree in law, and a Master’s degree in international law from the University of Auckland, New Zealand; and a Master's degree in Gender Studies from the University of Sydney, Australia. A lawyer by profession, she was formerly a Commissioner of the Fiji Human Rights Commission, and the Fiji Law Reform Commission. Imrana is the author of Law for Pacific Women, a USP Law School recommended textbook; and architect of the Family Law Act 2003 which addressed children's needs and removed systemic legal discrimination against women. Imrana is a founding member of the Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT). She also served as a barrister and solicitor in the Attorney General's Office of Fiji, as Public Legal Advisor, and as an advisor to various UN agencies. Imrana was for several years a social/political columnist in the daily newspaper, The Fiji Times. She is a founding member of a key NGO, the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement. Imrana is also a member of the networks, Women Living Under Muslim Law, and the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development. Ms. Jalal was elected to the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists as one of its 60 Commissioners in 2006, and continues to sit on its Executive Board. Imrana is a member of UN Women’s Expert Advisory Group guiding the production of the next, 2018, Progress of the World’s Women flagship report
Gender Equality & Social Inclusion Specialist, Fiji Program Support Facility.
Liliwaimanu Vuiyasawa is a human rights activist and lawyer, currently employed with the Munro Leys law firm in Suva. Ms Vuiyasawa is no stranger to the women’s movement, having worked as the in-house legal counsel for the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre for four years and has continued her engagement with local and international CSOs on issues around human rights, good governance, democracy and rule of law. Liliwaimanu is a Pacific Fellow on Women’s Human Rights, having successfully completed a 6-week Fellowship Program with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABAROLI) in Washington DC in 2012. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Degree in 2009 from the University of the South Pacific, Emalus Campus, Vanuatu, and was admitted to practice in August 2010.
Akanisi is a lecturer in Business Law at the School of Accounting, Finance and Economics at the University of the South Pacific. She is also a lawyer by training, having been admitted to the Bar in 2011.
She is a graduate of the University of Waikato, New Zealand and University College London in the United Kingdom.
She has worked in a private firm as well as in house counsel and also volunteers her services to draft constitutions for Non- Profit Organization such as the National Youth Council of Fiji, Tokani, Friends of the Museum, alumini groups amongst others.
Akanisi believes in transparency, access to legal avenues of redress and quality of Governance to drive and achieve the missions of an organisation.
Laisa takes up her new role as the Team Leader for the Gender and Transitional Justice (GTJ) Programme, prior to this she held the position of a Research Officer.
She is a positive, proactive can-do approach to life, passionate about raising awareness, legal advocacy and addressing human rights issues particularly in the areas of governance, gender and disability.
Additionally, Laisa is also a keen musician who loves song-writing , guitar and live band performances.
Laisa holds a Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (PDLP) 2017, Bachelor of Laws (LLB) 2017 – University of the South Pacific and Diploma in Music – Fiji National University.
Bernice is passionate about working with women's rights and the law and joined FWRM in February, 2020. She is a lawyer by profession having experience in litigation and advocacy and previously worked at Legal Aid Commission and the Consumer Council of Fiji.
Shivana Singh is an activist and educator who has been involved with the LGBTQI+ movement for over a decade. She has had strong national, regional and international presence with her work focusing on policy development, legislative lobbying, advocacy, research and education to improve the lives of trans and gay people in the face of discrimination in Fiji and Internationally. In 2011, Ms Singh was also a recipient of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement Women Human Rights Defenders Award for her contribution working with the gay and transgender community. She joined FWRM in 2020
A creative writer, bookworm and a former reporter, Serelisoni joined FWRM as the Communications Support Officer in March, 2017. She has now transitioned into the Communications Officer role and relishes the opportunity every day to learn about the feminist movement and the fight and advocacy for women’s rights.
Dorrin joined FWRM in 2019 as our Programme Support Officer and now in her new role as Programme Officer- Young Women's Programme. She has a keen interest in learning more about the women's movement and the fight for women's freedom from discrimination. Dorrin has a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations and Tourism Management from the University of the South Pacific, and she is also pursuing her Postgraduate Certificate studies at USP in Gender and Feminism.
Given her keen interest in Gender and Feminism, she participated and graduated from the Emerging Leaders Forum and Sangat Feminist Network in 2020.
She was previously employed in a government department where she obtained a lot of knowledge and experience of Human Resource and Administrative work.
Loves her coffee, music, and the adventures of the great outdoors, Mere is a former reporter that has joined the organisation hoping to learn as much as she can about the feminist movement and the opportunities and challenges it will provide.
Tima has worked in various sectors and most recently at the Fiji Bureau of Statistics and now looks after the Fiji Young Women's Forum and the Fiji Women's Forum.
Gina joins the team as the new Administration and Programme Assistant.
She has a background in Tourism as well as in the NGO sector. She is passionate about Human Rights, Climate and Social Justice.
Mala Burman is our new Executive Officer at FWRM.
FWRM welcomes our new Team Leader Finance and Administration-Sheetal Prasad.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Human Resource Management & Employment Relations from the University of the South Pacific. Sheetal is also a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) from CPA Australia and a Chartered Accountant member of the Fiji Institute of the Chartered Accountants (FICA).
She has worked for more than 5 years at the Chartered Accountant firm-KPMG.
Sheetal hopes that joining FWRM will give her the opportunity to learn about the great work the movement does and inspire her to do more for the people around her.
Her hobbies include travelling around Fiji and exploring the islands, loves nature and doing physical activities during her spare time.