Pacific feminists reaffirm commitment
20 May, 2019, 3:18 pm
A THREE-day forum organised Pacific Feminist Forum (PFF) working group that consists of femLINKPacific, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM), Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality Fiji, Tongan Leitis Association and Rise UP (PNG) is underway at the Pearl Resort in Pacific Harbour.
This is the second regional convening of its kind following the inaugural PFF in 2016 that produced the Pacific Feminist Charter for Change, which sets out the collective principles key to the work of Pacific feminists.
Within the next three days, the PFF participants will be reaffirming their commitment to the principles enshrined in the Charter.
PFF working group member and Tongan Leitis Association Co-founder Joeleen Brown Mataele, who was the keynote speaker at the event, said they needed to do better to uplift all diversities of women in the Oceania region.
“I reflect in practice because I believe in solidarity and I believe we are stronger as a movement when we back each other up and when we uplift one another collectively,” Ms Mataele said.
“Historically and never before we have seen the rise in attacks and murders of women human rights defenders, it is appalling and it is scary! Here in the Pacific, we must keep the spotlight on the protection of all our defenders.”
Chief Guest Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa said the forum was a celebration.
“This forum is truly a celebration, a celebration of the contributions that the women Pacific Islanders make in every aspect of life: in the home, on the job, in the community, as feminists, mothers, sisters, daughters, farmers, market vendors, students, workers, citizens and leaders,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.