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35+ years of activism & feminism in Fiji

Our People

The FWRM staff work under the four pillars of the organisation. A total of 19 staff members headed by the Executive Director, Nalini Singh, work towards counteracting discrimination and raising awareness of women’s rights.

Our Trustees

FWRM has three trustees who are nominated and selected at our Annual General Meetings. Our current Trustees are as follows. 


FLORENCE FENTON

Florence Fenton holds academic and professional qualifications from the University of the South Pacific and the University of Otago, New Zealand and is admitted as a barrister and solicitor in several jurisdictions including the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Florence attained her Law Degree from the University of Otago and was admitted to the NZ High Court as a Barrister & Solicitor. She has practised law in New Zealand, United Kingdom, Scotland, and a private practise in Thailand. In Fiji, Ms Fenton has worked in the Government and private sector, holding positions as the Director of Fiji’s Law Reform Commission and a Managing Partner at Munro Leys. She has served on several regulatory Boards, Government Corporates and Commissions.

VIRISILA BUADROMO

Virisila Buadromo is considered a strategic and visionary leader with an award winning social development professional feminist, specialising in gender and human rights based approach.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism and English Literature) (USP) and a Postgraduate Diploma (Development Studies) (USP).

Virisila is the Co-Lead for Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia and Pacific, Co-Founder and Board member for Pacific Feminist Fund as well as the Chair of the Gender At Work board and Co-Chair for the Prospera International Network of Women’s Funds.

Virisila was also the longest serving Executive Director of FWRM.

NEELESH GOUNDER

Dr Neelesh Gounder, an academic and currently a Senior Lecturer of  Economics at the University of the South Pacific, has been a long time friend of FWRM. 

Dr Gounder has a PhD in economics from Griffith University. He is also a Centre Associate at the Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.

Dr Gounder is a recipient of the Greg Taylor Award in 2016 by the Australian National University. His research areas include governance and institutions, trade and poverty, and banking and finance.

Our Governance Board

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement Governance Board consists of a vibrant group of women, with expertise ranging from human rights, law, banking & finance, academia, politics, trade, and community-based resource management and climate change adaptation.

BOARD CHAIR

DAIANA BURESOVA

Daiana Buresova is a feminist and a lawyer who has a wealth of experience in governance, policy development and implementation including law reform. She currently works on the role of law in addressing NCDs in the global health law space.

Daiana had held the position of Board Chair previously and has had a long history of engagement with FWRM including assisting FWRM with organisational outputs. 

FINAU SOQO

Finau Soqo joins the Governance Board as the Treasurer with a wealth of experience having held senior roles in financial institutions, across Asia Pacific of which eleven years was with ANZ Bank. She has worked at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat as Technical Advisor – Economics. She has a Masters of Science - International Securities, Investment and Banking from the University of Reading, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management from the University of the South Pacific. She is also a Lecturer at the University of the South Pacific. Finau is a self-starter and has an excellent adaptation, diplomacy and connecting skills to thrive in new business environments, with strong proactive ownership of self-development.

FOUNDING MEMBER

IMRANA JALAL

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

BOARD MEMBER

ANNIE ROGERS

Annie Rogers is currently the Head of School of Business at Pacific Polytech, leading lectures/trainers, responsible for the delivery of all programmes focusing on thematic areas, Fiji-wide: Economics, Financial Management, Accounting, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and all aspects of staffing requirements within the School of Business.

She has worked as a Senior Statistician, Advisor, Chief Manager Economics, Chief Executive Officer and Consultant.

She has attended courses/trainings focusing on First Aid, Policies, Transitional Security Cooperation, Central Banking, Micro-computing, Microfinancing and General Statistics. She has also attended workshops/meetings/summits/symposium on Gender, GBV, Climate change, Micro Credit, Annual meetings and Consultations on Nuclear weapons, Partnership and trade Agreement.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (USP) majoring in Economics and a Master of Commerce (UNSW) double specialisation in Economics; Finance.

BOARD MEMBER

ASHLYN SHEENA LAL

BOARD MEMBER

AKANISI NABALARUA

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. 

BOARD MEMBER

ADARSHANI VIKASH

Adarshani is a Lecturer and Head of Department at the Department of Law at Fiji National University. Professionally she is an educator and a lawyer by training having been admitted to the Bar in 2012. Graduate of the University of Fiji. She has worked for the public sector and as a Lecturer teaching ethics and public law subjects at both the University of Fiji and the Fiji National University. She currently holds the position of Secretary on the Council of the Fiji Women Lawyers Association. She believes in the rule of law, transparency and accountability and ethical Governance in working to achieve the objectives of an institution.

LILIWAIMANU VUIYASAWA

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.

JUDY COMPAIN

Judy Compain is the President of International Women’s Association. She is a fierce advocate of access to better health and medical facilities. She has also been an activist in the women's movement.

GINA HOUNG LEE

Gina Houng Lee is a fully certified TOT providing training in gender mainstreaming and gender responsive budgeting and is currently an independent development consultant.

She is a gender consultant who advocates for human rights and women's rights. She has over 25 years of experience working for civil society, donors, and regional development agencies. She is a former Coordinator of the Fiji Women's Rights Movement, as well as the Senior Human Rights Coordinator at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Regional Rights Resource Team.

More than 200 workshops and consultations have been organised, delivered and facilitated by Gina. She is trained in adaptive leadership which can be used to support leadership roles required of programme and project managers.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Anthropology and English Literature (University of Auckland) and a Master of Arts Development Studies: Thesis Gender and Housing (USP).

MARICA TABUALEVU

Marica Tabualevu’s role as a development consultant, specialises in the areas of Strategic planning with oriented and outcome focused approaches, Institutional strengthening through change management (organisation structures/resource management/policies etc.), Programme/Project Management and Relationship Building through communication, facilitation and partnership brokering.

She is currently the Director at Mataki Company Pty, and is a Graduate of Women Fiji (Fiji Association of Women Graduates). She has undertaken activities/roles in Developing M&E frameworks, Researching and Data Collection, an Advisor, as well as Leading Strategic Initiatives and Workshop facilitation.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management, and Public Administration (USP), A Master of Business Administration (USP) and International Program: Development Evaluation Training (Carleton University and World Bank).

Our Team

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement is operated by a dynamic team of feminists and queer activists who constantly strive to empower, unite and provide leadership opportunities for women in Fiji, especially for emerging young leaders.

Executive Director

Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh, from Fiji, is a feminist and a social development specialist with over 20 years’ experience in design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation of women’s rights and development programmes in Asia Pacific. With her passion for women’s human rights and gender equality driving her work, her particular interests is in the issues of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), decent work and organisational capacity strengthening.

Prior to joining FWRM over four years ago, Nalini worked as the Programme Manager- Advocacy and Capacity Building for the Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for 7 years. Before this she was a Programme Officer at the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) based in Chaing Mai, Thailand for 5 years. 

Nalini was also part of the Regional Rights Resource Team for 2 years. The diverse and unique experiences across the region have provided 

Nalini with invaluable skills, practical knowledge, learnings and understanding of contextual realities for the work that she does. 

Nalini is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific.

Programme Director

Laisa Bulatale

Laisa takes up her new role as Programme Director after perviously having held the Team Leader for the Gender and Transitional Justice (GTJ) Programme position. 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.

Gender & Transitional Justice

The GTJ Team consists of the following staff

Team Leader - Gender and Transitional Justice Programme

Priyanka Chandra

Priyanka graduated with a Higher Education Diploma and a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the Fiji National University, majoring in English and Hindi. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Administration from the University of the South Pacific.
She is passionate about gender and human rights and is concerned about women's issues.
Human Rights Training Officer

Shivana Singh

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

Human Rights Training Officer

Ala-Cassandra Singh

Ala-Cassandra Singh has joined the Gender and Transitional Justice programme team as our new Human Rights Training Officer.

Ala is an advocate for women’s rights and a human rights activist with a passion for feminism and cultural intellectual property. She has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), as well as a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) from the University of Fiji and is awaiting admission to the Bar.

She also has work experience in research and analysis of legal policy. She also graduated as part of the Emerging Leaders Forum’s 7th Cohort in 2021 and is now a Co-Convener for the Fiji Young Women’s Forum.

Legal Rights Officer

Bernice Lata

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.

Research Officer

Shayal Nand

Shayal is the Research Officer for the Gender and Transitional Justice Programme team.

A graduate of the University of the South Pacific with a degree in Law, also holding a professional diploma in legal practice from the same university.

Passionate about women's rights since she joined in 2020. Her interests lie in statistics, data collection and research. She dedicates herself to doing work that will make some difference for the women of Fiji.

Always striving to better herself in all ways possible to exceed her own high expectations and to reach her full potential. Shayal enjoys taking up projects that are out of the box and loves to spend time with her family.

Intergenerational Women's Leadership

Team Leader - Intergenerational Women's Leadership Programme

Emeli Anise

Emeli has been appointed as the new Team Leader for Intergenerational Women in Leadership Programme (IWLP).

Emeli has been our GIRLS Programme officer since 2018 and has been committed to civil-society work since 2012 with a background in children's rights, women's rights and disaster risk reduction.

Women's Forum Coordinator

Timaima Qereqeretabua

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. 

PROGRAMME OFFICER- YOUNG WOMEN'S PROGRAMME

Alanieta Atama

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.

GIRLS Programme Officer

Patrina Tawake

Sanjeshni Reddy joins the movement with a teaching background of 15 years and has also worked in the private sector. She also worked with GIZ in their Accelerating Climate Education for the Pacific Program for 3 years as a Project Officer.
She is passionate about empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills that enables them to become better individuals and members of society.
GIRLS Programme Support Officer

Litiana Radinitoga

Litiana joins FWRM with years of experience in administrative work. She is a firm believer in equal rights for all and appreciates the opportunity to contribute towards the cause. Litiana aspires to commit to the values of equality and social justice.

Finance & Administration

Team Leader Finance and Administration

Sheetal Prasad

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.

Finance officer

Shivanee Prasad

Shivanee has recently joined the movement as our new Finance Officer. 
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of the South Pacific majoring in Accounting and Information System and had previously worked with Energy Fiji Limited.
Shivanee looks forward to working for FWRM as well as the opportunity to learn new things.
ADMINISTRATION AND PROGRAMME ASSISTANT

Georgina Young

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.

EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Mala Burman

Mala Burman is our new Executive Officer at FWRM.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Management and Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations.

Mala has worked in various organisations within the public and private sector and also with different NGO’s.

She has joined the movement hoping to do something different, broaden her knowledge on issues that are affecting women. And also to encourage women and girls to keep learning and voice their opinions and concerns.

Communications

Communications Officer

Serelisoni Moceica

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.

Communications Support Officer

Zarah Magnus

Zarah Magnus is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Forum programme and a fierce advocate for young women's representation. She has represented young women and engaged within the local women’s movement and the feminist space to progress women's human rights.

Zarah is excited with the learning opportunity and her new role at FWRM. She looks forward to helping diverse women through her work.