Pacific feminists reaffirm commitment

PACIFIC feminists celebrated and reaffirmed their commitment towards sustaining solidarity, strengthening resistance and revolution for gender equality, human rights and justice at the closing of the second Pacific Feminist Forum (PFF) last week. Picture: SUPPLIED.

PACIFIC feminists celebrated and reaffirmed their commitment towards sustaining solidarity, strengthening resistance and revolution for gender equality, human rights and justice at the closing of the second Pacific Feminist Forum (PFF) last week.

FemLINKPacific executive director Susan Grey said the forum served an empowerment to the attendees as they were able to document insights, challenges and emotions.

“It was an empowering and inspiring three days at the second PFF to share our insights, challenges, emotions and stories from Fiji and the Pacific, and documenting these to amplify and ensure visibility for all the work we are doing, as well as having a collective voice to push for positive social change,” she said.

The inaugural PFF in 2016 produced the Pacific Feminist Charter for Change which sets out the collective principles that are key to the work of Pacific feminists.

At the culmination of the second PFF, participants rallied to map out an action plan and recommit to the Pacific Feminist Charter for Change.

According to a statement from the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM), its executive director Nalini Singh said the forum celebrated the diversity of the Pacific feminist movement and provided an important space to reflect on the achievements, progress and challenges in their work.

“It has been another momentous achievement for Pacific women human rights defenders to come together and create a space that is safe and enriching for strengthening our movement.

“The PFF will continue to be a platform for fostering diversity, connection and intergenerational leadership within Pacific feminist movements at the national and regional level and we look forward to another amazing convening in 2021,” Ms Singh said.

The second PFF included participants from over 14 countries across the region.

The three-day forum was organised by the PFF working group that consists of femLINKPacific, FWRM, Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality Fiji, Tongan Leitis Association and Rise UP (PNG).

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