“When women choose the way of freedom
We carry the hope of ALL women with us
We wear the names of the women who walked before us
We become the stories
Passed down through generations
Of the matriarchs who were anchors of the lands and the oceans
Of female deities who wielded both fires and flood
Of the blood they aligned to keep our lineages alive”
– Camari Serau –
In November 2016, diverse feminist groups and organisations including FWRM organised the first ever Pacific Feminist Forum. Aimed at strengthening the Pasifika connection, the PFF was the first of its kind and a way of bringing together feminists, women’s human rights defenders and advocates from across the region to share ideas, experiences and strategise on ways of moving forward.
Over 150 women human rights defenders and feminists from the Pacific convened for the 2nd Pacific Feminist Forum from 20 to 22 May 2019 at the Pearl Resort, Pacific Harbour Fiji. The Forum mobilised diverse women from across the Pacific to share knowledge and experiences, celebrate achievements and strategise for future collective action to achieve women’s human rights.
The PFF is now held every few years and whilst strengthening connections and networks, it is also a space for advocates to reflect and regroup. It is our hope that the PFF would inspire participants to take on new challenges in their advocacy and in turn inspire others in their commitment and fight to address the discrimination women face in in our country and within the region.
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