DIVA for Equality - Public Statement
Friday 8 January 2016, Fiji
Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality, a collective of Fijian lesbian, bisexual, transmasculine and gender-conforming women takes this moment to remind all citizens in Fiji, including the Prime Minister, Ministers, Police Force and all State services, on the text of the Fiji Constitution as the highest law in the land.
Our Fiji Bill of Rights Chapter 2, paragraph 26 of the Constitution is specifically focused on, “The Right to Equality and Freedom from Discrimination”. It includes reference to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Our basic human rights would therefore include the right to marry and be in relationships with those we choose. However, just as with countries all over the world, it is clear that we are nowhere near fulfilling all such human rights, in a universal way.
So the work continues, on many issues including marriage equality. Hence the need for easily accessible human rights and sustainable development education in all main vernacular languages, to ensure that everyone in Fiji is fully aware of their human rights, the Fiji Constitution, and all laws and policies.
It is therefore deeply disappointing that the Prime Minister of Fiji has publicly spoken out in this way on his personal views. Politicians must surely be careful to articulate the difference between personal political opinions on one hand, and adherence to rule of law and human rights on the other - this is the bedrock of modern secular democratic states.
As a group concerned about the lives of LGBTQI people, we must publicly take issue at the use of phrases such as 'this rubbish' when speaking about the hopes and dreams of ANY Fiji citizens. This is not the language of leadership and vision.
What is far more disturbing about this media coverage by Fiji Sun and the comments by the Prime Minister to those who care deeply about social justice and human rights, is that while this particular issue is important to some LGBTQI people in Fiji who want to marry, it is nowhere near a singular/frontline issue for many others.
We would be so pleased to see informed and substantive coverage of issues of epidemically high levels of sexual and gender based violence against LGBTQI people and others, on chronic poverty, unemployment and under-employment, health, economic, environmental issues and other risks because of social marginalisation and stigma of LGBTQI people and other at risk/marginalised communities. Any inflammatory public rhetoric has direct and indirect impact on the lives of thousands of LGBTQI citizens of Fiji, and our families and communities.
Media organisations must also take care that they do not elicit inflammatory stories simply because it is the slow part of the year, and they must sell newspapers and increase website 'hits'. We are not here for public entertainment and media marketisation.
DIVA for Equality also takes issue at any evidence-less statement that 'this will never happen in our lifetime'. It is the will of the people of Fiji that will decide the trajectory of this nation over time, never just one government, nor one leader. That is the whole purpose of a democratic and socially just system, as the Prime Minister has raised repeatedly, on so many issues. Just as there have been changes over time to Fiji's social, economic, environmental and climate justice related laws and policies, so too this may be the case with marriage equality in the future. Regardless, that is not for any single person ever, to decide.
Noelene Nabulivou, Political Adviser of DIVA for Equality says, "We will continue to work for universal social justice and human Rights, as enshrined in our Fiji Constitution, reaffirmed in many national and regional agreements, and also in legally binding international law and Conventions such as the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, CEDAW, CRC, and many more. This is about our own lives, those who come after us, and moving toward respectful, equal, free and just societies - which is better for everyone. We look forward to working with all people of goodwill and convincing those who do not yet agree, to ensure that this becomes a reality in Fiji, as around the world."
All women and girls, all people, all human rights, everywhere
MEDIA RELEASE – 24th/09/15
PACIFIC PEOPLE’S URGENT ACTION - FIJI
‘AUSTRALIA: STAND WITH PACIFIC PEOPLE AT COP21!’
MEDIA RELEASE – 24th/09/15
PACIFIC PEOPLE’S URGENT ACTION - FIJI
‘AUSTRALIA: STAND WITH PACIFIC PEOPLE AT COP21!’
“If Australia and New Zealand really care about the Pacific as a partner, they must stand together with us to call for global climate justice at the upcoming COP21 summit in Paris later this year.”
That’s the strong sentiment shared by Pacific people’s urgent action on climate justice, arguing that there are weak climate change positions being put forward by Australia, New Zealand, Canada and others.
“We here in Suva, Fiji, hosted a peaceful demonstration yesterday outside the Australian High Commission together with activists including civil society organizations to urge the Australian and New Zealand governments to stand and support our Pacific at the COP21 summit in Paris, France,” said Noelene Nabulivou, political advisor of Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality, Fiji.
Nabulivou said the people of the Pacific have had enough and are calling for firm support from Australia and New Zealand to support call of our Pacific leaders, especially our smaller island state.
Pacific people are calling for action as time nears before a legal binding is sealed on global climate change agreements.
Nabulivou says there is a need for urgent action in support for the Pacific as there is only a few days remaining before leaders meet at the United Nations in New York (Weekend of 25-27 September) a month until the close of the final negotiation days are finished in Bonn (23-27 October); and 10 weeks till COP21 in Paris (30 November to 11 December).
She added that the Pacific must have the strongest possible binding climate change agreement, if all Pacific island communities are to have a chance to survive and thrive.
“We are not drowning, but we are fighting…we do not give up on our Pacific islands and we do this for our future generations, cultures and societies,” she stressed.
Nabulivou is appealing to Pacific Islanders globally to host peaceful rallies outside Australian and New Zealand High Commissions, Embassies and Consul Offices, and call for support.
Miki Wali from the Hau of Khameleon says other groups include the Haus of Khameleon, Youth and Women's Movement within Civil Society who have been following the global climate negotiations and processes and “we collectively call on Australia and New Zealand that their stance ahead of COP21 must change on the issue of Climate Change and Justice.”
Wali added that at the same time "we stress the need to address climate disruption based on Youth and Gender responses and policies, and for processes to adequately address the developmental and human rights impacts of climate change. Furthermore we call all citizens of the Fiji and the Pacific to stand in solidarity and join the COP 21 Urgent Action Hub Pacific and amplify our voices using hashtags #ClimateJustice #PacificVoicesMatter #pacificclimatejustice and #standwithpacific on social Media."
Meanwhile, the protesters who were detained yesterday at the Samabula Police station were released. The Pacific people’s urgent action on climate justice respects the decision of the Fiji Police, and will remain vocal on climate justice for the Pacific.
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COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN 57TH SESSION, NEW YORK: STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER CAUCUS
COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN 57TH SESSION, NEW YORK: STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER CAUCUS
COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
NEW YORK : STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER CAUCUS
Delivered by Noelene Nabulivou, Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, Fiji,
11 MARCH, 2013
Distinguished delegates and friends, my name is Noelene Nabulivou. I share with you a statement endorsed by 89 organisations from 48 countries, including my organisation, Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, in Fiji.
Around the world, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people and others with diverse sexual orientation and gender identities are targets of brutal physical and psychological violence. We are subject to harassment, assault and other violence; often under the guise of so-called 'honour', 'tradition', 'nations' and 'families'.
This violence remains invisible and unaddressed and the perpetrators, whether members of families and communities, police or other state or non-state actors, too often go unpunished.
The impunity must be ended, and the invisibility must be challenged, including here at the CSW.
Even where there are laws to protect against this violence, data from various regions shows that sexism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia continue, with patterns of abuse including brutal extrajudicial killings; sexual assault; violence in families and communities; bullying; harassment, and various other forms of violence.
But data collection is still a challenge: lesbians still often do not report violence because of distrust of the very systems and people that should protect them, and because of fear of reprisals, or threats to confidentiality.
In addition, activists are targeted for defense of rights related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Offices are raided; there is harassment of staff and volunteers; legal registration of organisations can be denied, and many defenders are arrested, suffer violations, and are otherwise harassed.
For decades, LGBT and women’s groups have been demanding that this violence and discrimination be prevented, punished and denounced. Within the UN system, there is now an undeniable trend toward addressing all forms of violence related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
As far back as 1997, the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women noted that women who live outside heterosexuality are at heightened risk. Other UN Special Rapporteurs have also reported on acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, that are committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The Secretary General has also repeatedly raised his voice on this issue.
Over the past 20 years, six United Nations treaty bodies including the Human Rights Committee, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, The Committee Against Torture, and the Committee on the Elimination on all Forms of Violence against Women, have addressed violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation.
In 2011, the Human Rights Council approved a Resolution on Violence and Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, which led to a detailed report from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; there have also been General Assembly resolutions on extrajudicial executions that note these concerns, as well as regional resolutions from the Organization of American States and the Council of Europe.
It is worth noting that the Holy See has stated its concern about violence against homosexual persons in the General Assembly in 2009.
The violence and discrimination must stop. The silence of the Commission on the Status of Women and other UN multilateral tracks on these issues must also end now.
Therefore, we call on all governments here at CSW57 to commit to ending all violence and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, and to clearly reflect this commitment in the Agreed Conclusions.
It is time for us all, to act. Thank you Chair, and friends.
This statement is endorsed by the following 89 organisations from 48 countries:
ACCEPT Association, Romania
Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD), Canada
Advocates for Youth, USA
Amnesty International, UK
ARC International, Canada and Switzerland
Australian Lesbian Health Coalition, Australia
Balance Promoción para el Desarrollo y Juventud, Mexico
Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ, Kyrgyzstan
Central Asian Gender and Sexuality Advocacy Network, Kyrgyzstan
Centre for Secular Space, UK
Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP), Malawi
Closet de Sor Juana, Mexico
COC Netherlands, The Netherlands
Common Language, China
Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Philippines
DIVERLEX, Diversidad e Igualdad a Través de la Ley, Venezuela
Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, Fiji
Drodrolagi Movement, Fiji
EduDivers, The Netherlands
European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups, UK
Euroregional Center for Public Initiatives (ECPI), Romania
Feminist Alliance Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice (RESURJ), Brazil, Mexico, Lebanon, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, India, UK, Poland
Fundacion Arcoiris por el respeto a la diversidad sexual, Mexico
Fundación Triángulo. Por la Igualdad Social de Lesbianas, Gais, Bisexuales y Trans, Spain
Gay Japan News, Japan
GAYa NUSANTARA, Indonesia
Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), Zimbabwe
Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE), USA, Argentina, Thailand
Global Alliance for LGBT Education (GALE), The Netherlands
Global Justice Institute, USA
HERe NI, Northern Ireland
House of Our Pride (HOOP), Swaziland
House Of Rainbow Fellowship, Ghana, Nigeria, UK and Lesotho
IDAHO Committee, France
International Gay and Lesbian Association (ILGA), Belgium
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), USA
International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Youth and Student Organization
International Planned Parenthood Federation, USA
Iranian Queer Organization, Canada
Justice for Sisters, Malaysia
Knowledge and Rights with Young people through Safer Spaces (KRYSS), Malaysia
Kris Prasad of Drodrolagi Movement, Fiji
LADLAD LGBT Partylist, Philippines
Lesbians Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), Botswana
Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM), Malta
Mama Cash, The Netherlands
Matrix Guild of Victoria, Australia
Men for Health and Gender Justice Organisation, Botswana
Metropolitan Community Churches, USA
Metrosexual Health Limited, UK
Mouvement Francais pour le Planning Familial, France
National LGBTI Health Alliance, Australia
North Coast Lesbian Alliance of NSW, Australia
OUT Well-being, South Africa
Out-Right Namibia (ORN), Namibia
Pan Africa ILGA (PAI), USA
Partnership Law Japan, Japan
Promoting Rights and Equality in a Societal Milieu (PRISM), Philippines
PROMSEX – Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos, Peru Rainbow Rights Project Inc., Philippines
Red Peruana TLGB, Peru
Research Institute Without Walls (RIWW), USA
Rights for Change, The Netherlands
Safra Project, UK
Seksualiti Merdeka, Malaysia
Shirkat Gah Women's Resource Centre, Pakistan
Swaziland Positive Living (SWAPOL), Swaziland
Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues (TARSHI), India
The Fellowship of Reconciliation, USA
The Global Labour Institute, Switzerland
Trans Support Initiative, Uganda
TransBantu Association of Zambia, Zambia
Transgender and Intersex Africa, South Africa
Transgender Europe (TGEU), Austria
UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group, UK
UNISON National LGBT Committee, UK
United and Strong Inc., Saint Lucia
United Belize Advocacy Movement, Belize
Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights (UAF), USA
Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby, Australia
Women Living Under Muslim Laws Solidarity Network, UK
Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), Philippines Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR), Canada
(Noelene Nabulivou was at CSW58 with DAWN. As DIVA for Equality, she worked also with the CSW58 LBT Caucus)
Pacific Young Women's Leadership Alliance, Statement into the 12th Pacific Women's Triennial and 5th Meeting of Pacific Women Ministers, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
'The Future We Want'
20 October 2013
We, young women of the Pacific, affirm our power as decision makers, implementers, change agents, partners, and leaders of today and the future.
Young people make up the majority of Pacific populations, and we are central to sustainable development and the realisation of human rights. There are approximately 10 million people living in the Pacific; 56%, or 5.6 million people, are between the ages of 0–24. Over 11%, or 1.152 million Pacific people, are young women between 15–24 years old.
Our daily realities, our histories and “herstories”, our experiences, and our commitment inform this statement. We call upon our leaders – in the spirit of partnership, transparency and accountability, sustainable development, and democracy – to respond to our needs and concerns.
We represent the Pacific Young Women’s Leadership Alliance – a network of young women leaders and local, regional, and international organisations working with and for young women across the Pacific region. The Alliance began with consultations across the Pacific and the development of a strategic framework. Over 100 Pacific young women and allies mobilised to engage in an online dialogue to express our opinions and strengthen our networks over several months. In culmination, 26 representatives gathered in Rarotonga, Cook Islands from 18–20 October 2013 for the Pacific Young Women’s Leadership Alliance Dialogue. Together we have prioritised key strategic recommendations to inform discussions and decisions during the 12th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women Leaders and other important forums.
We are from the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. Our primary constituents are young women, and include those who face intersectional discriminations such as people with diverse gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicities and economic status; sex workers; survivors of violence; persons with disabilities; those living in rural areas and outer islands; and others. The Alliance is inclusive and encourages everyone to champion gender equality and the rights of all young people. We reiterate that climate change, environmental degradation, violence and conflict pose immediate threats to our lives and livelihoods, and we call for urgent action on these issues.
We have over two decades of experience working with women and young people, building on the achievements of women’s rights advocates before us. We, Pacific Young Women, are leaders of today and should be involved in decision making and be included as real partners in all development.
Our five key strategic recommendations are: eliminating sexual and gender based violence; ensuring sexual and reproductive health and rights; eliminating all forms of discrimination against persons with disabilities; promoting full and decent employment and economic empowerment for young women; and ensuring full participation of young women at all levels of decision making. Our voices need to be heard and urgent actions taken.
Pacific Young Women reiterate that lifetime prevalence of physical and sexual violence by partner and non-partner among Pacific island women aged 15–49 years old is between 60–80% in those countries surveyed. All forms of violence have serious implications for young women, negatively impacting their physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health as well as their role in the public and private spheres. We recognise the efforts already in place but call for an acceleration of national and local efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women. Some harmful Pacific traditional practices – such as bride price, early and forced marriage, and marketised traditional compensation – can perpetuate violence, particularly for young women. Pacific Young Women ask States to ensure first response service providers continue to undergo gender sensitisation training and provide accessible services to outer islands and rural areas. We urge States to immediately, substantively and effectively resource and enforce the implementation of legislation to address these issues, and allocate resources for support services to survivors of all forms of violence.
Pacific Young Women affirm that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) must be realised in the Pacific. We stress that bodily integrity and autonomy is at the core of all work on SRHR. Pacific young women ask our Governments to recognise that sexual rights are different to reproductive rights, and that sexual rights are human rights. Women are sexual beings and have a right to enjoy their sexuality and sound reproductive health. Understanding of these issues will translate to a reduction to the high rates of STIs, teenage pregnancy and sexual abuse prevalent in the Pacific region. We expect that States will play a much stronger role in providing funding and support for sexual and reproductive health services, commodities, and information. These are more widely available in most urban centres, but in rural or isolated areas access is difficult. SRHR awareness must include comprehensive sexual education, and be available to everyone including young LGBTQI women and persons with disabilities. Strong emphasis must be placed on legislative reform to eliminate laws and harmful practices that criminalise women who access SRHR care including abortion, emergency contraception, and HIV / AIDS services, and create a survivor centered approach for people with a history of sexual abuse.
Pacific Young Women recognise that persons with disabilities experience discrimination in their daily realities which prevents realisation of their full potential for an adequate standard of living. We recommend that States, in partnership with the Alliance, ensure that persons with disabilities are safe, respected, included, connected, and skilled. We propose mainstreaming educational and sexual and reproductive health services; creating employment opportunities; and eliminating all forms of discrimination against persons with disabilities so that they may be included in society.
Pacific Young Women are living in a time of escalated social, economic, financial, and environmental crisis. We urgently seek full and decent employment and economic empowerment for all young Pacific women. In order to achieve this, we require meaningful participation of young women, women, and wider social movements in the design, delivery, and monitoring and evaluation of development goals, policies, and indicators at all levels. We must work together to recognise the informal sector and reorient the employment sector in the region toward agriculture and sustainable livelihoods which include young women. Development partners and civil society organisations must urgently support Pacific governments to reform monetary, financial, and trade rules globally in line with human rights obligations. This will ensure policy space at the national and regional level to implement macro-economic policies and trade and investment agreements to achieve gender and social justice for all, especially young Pacific women.
Pacific Young Women convey to our States that young women are almost entirely absent from local, national, and regional decision making and leadership roles. Positions of power and decision-making are traditionally male-dominated, and restricted to older generations. The Pacific region has the lowest rate of women’s representation in national parliament of any other region in the world. Pacific Young Women urge States to implement temporary special measures to increase women’s representation and participation in national level decision making. This will enable our States to be compliant with CEDAW, while recognising the urgency of ratifying CEDAW and implementing it to its full potential. Pacific Young Women ask States to deliver true and genuine democracy by ensuring that women are included in decision making at all levels. This will enable us to have role models we can aspire to emulate, and also create a cultural shift of power transformation.
Pacific Young Women urge all our States to have the political will to honor existing commitments, and to put our recommendations on national and regional agendas and allocate adequate and immediate funding and resources to address these.
Pacific Young Women want to be SAFE, RESPECTED, INCLUDED, CONNECTED, and SKILLED.
(Pa Buadromo of DIVA for Equality was our representative to the PYWLA workshop, and Noelene Nabulivou was a facilitator/ organiser).
Fiji Young Women's Forum, Suva, Fiji - Outcome statement
- 8th – 10th November, 2013
The Fiji Young Women’s’ Forum convened by Diverse Voices and Action for Equality(DIVA), Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni (ELFA), Young Women Producers andBroadcasters- FemlinkPacific and the Young Women’s Christian Association(YWCA), brought together young women leaders and activists aged 18 – 30 yearsfrom Fiji to discuss barriers and strategies to young women’s meaningfulparticipation and representation in Fiji’s democratisation process.
We, young Fijian women leaders including transwomen, women living withdisabilities, LGBTQI women, rural women, mental health consumers and youngwomen in all our diversities affirm our power as implementers and contributors ofpositive change, decision makers, partners and leaders of today and the future. Ourstrength is in our numbers and in our diversity.
The forum builds on the initial Fiji Women’s Forum and a rich tradition of activism ofFijian women throughout our national history and is committed to representingyoung women throughout the country. We acknowledge and recognise the work ofthe many women who have gone before us and the gains that they have made foryoung women today. We note the rich history of women’s participation in politicalspaces including social movements and we call for more recognition of this hardfraught journey.
Young Women’s Political Participation and Representation
The Fiji Young Women’s Forum is deeply concerned with the under-representationof women, especially young women in decision making bodies. Young women facedouble discrimination for both being young and female and are often excluded indecision making processes, almost entirely absent from local, national and regionaldecision making and leadership roles. There is an urgent need to correct thehistorical and cultural exclusion of young women in decision making and politicalspaces.
The Fiji Young Women’s Forum urges local and national governments, politicalparties, private and public sectors to implement Temporary Special Measures toincrease women’s representation and participation in decision making. This willenable our State to comply with CEDAW which Fiji ratified in 1995. The Forumfurther asserts that transformative change is not just about the policies of partiesbut also party structures that are inclusive and human rights based.
Rights based, Participatory Democratisation Processes
We value and advocate for the principles of the Universal Declaration of HumanRights with Accountability, that people’s human rights cannot be fully realisedwithout accountability of the injustices that have been committed.
The Fiji Young Women’s Forum affirms that Democracy, the Rule of Law and the fullenjoyment of one’s Human Rights are closely linked.
We call for adherence to the principles of democracy including the separation ofpowers between the executive, the judiciary and the legislative.
The forum affirms that religion and state must remain separate
The Fiji Young Women’s Forum is deeply disappointed that young women and the
citizens of Fiji were not consulted in the development of the States’ budget. Weremind the State of their obligation and accountability to translate gender equality,transparency and human rights commitments into legislation, policy and budgetallocations and to make these norms and standards the guiding principles of oursociety.
- The forum participants highlighted the importance of having legitimate participatory and inclusive processes in the development of the constitution and national budget.
- We call for the reinstatement of the People’s Constitution which was drafted by theConstitutional Commissioners headed by Professor Yash Ghai with over 7000submissions including groups and individual submissions from all over Fiji.
We call on the State’s alignment to principles and processes of Free and FairElections, such as the levelling of the current unequal playing field and that rules andregulations are not oppressive to political parties and independents. We demandthat the elections process is transparent and that citizens, candidates and all otherstakeholders are informed in a timely manner regarding electoral developments.
We highlight the importance of the role of the media in a sustainable democracy andcall for the removal of oppressive laws and decrees. We note the invisibility ofwomen in the media as powerful agents of change and call for balanced andaccurate reporting and documenting of women free of negative stereotypical biases.We note the role of community media and alternative media In facilitating the flowof information
The Young Women’s Forum affirms that Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rightsmust be realised. We stress that bodily integrity and autonomy is at the core of allwork on SRHR, we call for a comprehensive sexual education, information, servicesand commodities that is available to everyone including members of the LGBTQIcommunity and persons with disabilities.
We are currently living in a time of escalated social, economic, financial andenvironmental crisis we urgently seek full and decent employment and economicempowerment for all young Fijian women. We call for the meaningful participation of young women in the design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of development goals, policies and indicators at all levels.
The young women’s forum is deeply concerned with the rapid expansion of the
extractive industry in Fiji. We call on the State to consider sustainable developmentoptions that do not further exacerbate widespread environmental degradation asthis further commodifies and compounds the burden on young women, socialrelationships, communities and societies at large, increasing the labour requiredmeet their basic needs. We are further concerned with the likely SRHR issues such assexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancies and the trafficking of localand foreign women that emerge in relation to sudden increase in the population ofmale transient workers in remote mining communities.
We acknowledge the support and solidarity of the broader women’s movement inFiji and encourage them to continue to champion the inclusion of the diversity ofyoung women; in particular transwomen especially when in it comes to difficultspaces and circumstances.
We commit to work together in solidarity towards gender equality, participatorydemocracy, the rule of law and the meaningful participation of young women in local,national and regional decision making bodies.
(DIVA for Equality was a Co-convenor of this inaugural dialogue, with Emerging Leaders Forum, GenNext, and YWCA Fiji. Audrey Seru was our representative on the Co-convening Committee, with Pa Buadromo, and Viva Tatawaqa was on the Information-Communications team at the Forum itself.)