GPPAC Pacific Welcomes Focus on Human Security
“As a regional peacebuilding network committed to progressing a gender inclusive conflict prevention and human security agenda, including through our regional Women’s Weather Watch strategy, we look forward to continued collaboration with the Pacific Islands Forum in progressing these outcomes,” said Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, Executive Producer-Director of femLINKpacific and the Chairperson of the International Board of GPPAC, referring to the adoption of outcomes of the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting (FFMM). “GPPAC Pacific particularly welcomes the recommendations on the review of the Biketawa Declaration and the support to progress the human security framework.”
http://www.femlinkpacific.org.fj/index.php/en/actions/archive/581-femtalk-gppac-pacific-welcomes-focus-on-human-security and https://www.facebook.com/notes/femlinkpacific/femtalk-gppac-pacific-welcomes-focus-on-human-security/10155715642939295/
In this edition:
Women Must Engage But Not Over-Sacrifice
by Alisia Evans and Sulueti Waqa
“Promoting women’s participation in formal and informal decision-making structures and local and national government processes is a mean(s) of conflict prevention and peace building,” shared Sapeci Cerevalu, a young woman from Koronubu in Ba.
The way that the world is, nothing is gender neutral.
Regional Spaces, Shared Priorities
by Lisa Horiwapu
As a network committed to progressing commitments for gender inclusive conflict prevention and human security, the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) Pacific Network and partners from Bougainville and Fiji celebrated the knowledge and strength of the leaders of the network and the roles they play in empowering young women in the network early this month.
Address the Under Representation of Women at all Levels of Decision Making
by Fane Boseiwaqa with Losana Derenalagi
“We need women in decision making processes, help them get there,” says Losana Derenalagi, convenor for femLINKpacific in Nadi and Lautoka. “Women’s participation in decision making process is important to realise the sustainability of development”
A Gendered Approach Makes Good Business, Sustainable Development
by Hannah Hicks and Sian Rolls
“It all starts with valuing a role,” explained Leanne Hunter of J Hunter Pearls Fiji.
femLINKpacific caught up with Hunter in Savusavu last month (July) to find out more about the modality of work of J Hunter Pearls Fiji in engaging communities, especially women, in pearl farming in the Northern division.
Read more: http://www.femlinkpacific.org.fj/index.php/en/actions/archive/582-femtalk-a-gendered-approach-makes-good-business-sustainable-development and https://www.facebook.com/notes/femlinkpacific/femtalk-a-gendered-approach-makes-good-business-sustainable-development/10155718163249295/
GPPAC Pacific RSG 2017 and Pasifika Peace Talanoa
From the 3rd to the 5th of July, 2017, femLINKpacific – as the GPPAC Pacific Secretariat – convened the annual regional steering group (RSG) meeting with the networks’ partners. The three days was a time to reflect, learn and strategise.
Heleta - GPPAC Pacific Chair
by Adi Mitimiti Pasikala
As the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict held their Regional Steering Group (RSG) meeting at the start of this month, Pacific peacewomen marked a decade of collective networking and turned a page in herstory as Vanessa Heleta Founder/Director of Talitha Project Tonga, was appointed as the Chairperson of the RSG.
No Nukes – Pacific Missions urged to be “in the room” for the vote to prohibit nuclear weapons
Suva (06 July) / New York (05 July 2017)
Pacific anti-nuclear activist Dr Vanessa Griffen is calling on Pacific Island governments to bring their vote to ensure that the United Nations adopts the much-anticipated United Nations Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations.
We're Getting Closer to a No Nukes Treaty!
7 July 2017
We are “on the cusp of a truly historic moment,” said the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on Thursday morning, “when the international community declares, unambiguously, for the first time, that nuclear weapons are not only immoral, but also illegal.” The development—and hopeful adoption—of this treaty represents a breaking point with the status quo, with subservience to the powerful, with the patriarchal world order of massive nuclear violence. Whatever happens on Friday, this treaty has already impacted the nuclear establishment and, more broadly, international relations. Its adoption and implementation will bring even more positive change.
No Nukes - A New Reality
8 July 2017
Yesterday, we banned nuclear weapons.
Women Lead the Way to A Nuclear Free Pacific, World
by Alisia Evans
“It is now adding to the norm that these (nuclear) weapons are illegal and dangerous and they join other weapons of mass destruction as being described as that,” reflected Vanessa Griffen, long-time activist of the anti-nuclear movement during an interview following a historical meeting of Nation States to adopt a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
Access to Justice consultations
During the month of July, femLINKpacific met with Rural Women Leaders to discuss Access to Justice through a series of district level consultations conducted in collaboration with the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement's Access to Justice Programme supported by the European Union.
GPPAC Pacific National Consultation – Tonga, August 2017
A two-day Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) Tonga national consultation hosted by the Talitha Project took place on the 15th and 16th of August, 2017. The activity is part of the regional Gender Inclusive Conflict Prevention and Human Security programme of GPPAC Pacific coordinated by femLINKpacific and supported by the Pacific Islands Forum Non State Actors programme funded by the European Union.
Community Radio Times 3/2017
Strengthening Gender Inclusive Conflict Prevention and Human Security in the Pacific
Community Radios are the First Defenders of Human Rights
via AMARC Asia Pacific - Statement on World Humanitarian Day 2017
19 August 2017, Kathmandu.
On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day 2017, community radios of Asia-Pacific reaffirm their commitment to uphold the rights of women, men and children caught in humanitarian crises situations including intensifying disasters caused by the onslaught of climate change.
The Fiji Women’s Forum and Fiji Young Women’s Forum National Convention & the 4th Fiji Young Women’s Forum
Women's Weather Watch Updates: 2017 (July, August)
Prepare Now – Amplify Women As Leaders, First Responders
by Alisia Evans
“Women leaders (can) take a leadership role in educating the women especially those (in local communities) who are most vulnerable and those who are most disadvantaged with getting (weather) information on time,” highlighted Ravind Kumar, Director of the Fiji Meteorological Office during an interview with femLINKpacific in late July.
Listen to the interview: https://soundcloud.com/femlinkpacific/womens-weather-watch-getting-to-know-the-fiji-met-service
Dignity, Resilience, Information – Interlinked
by Lisa Horiwapu
“Protection with dignity is not just ensuring the absence of violence, a negative peace, but having humanitarian actors not be undignified in their work to provide relief,” highlighted Adi Vasulevu of Transcend Oceania from Fiji in April, during a ‘Women, Peace and Security and the Humanitarian Agenda: Participation, Preparedness and Protection' Interactive Dialogue.
WWW – Participating Requires Info
by Stella Waioha and Sian Rolls
“Women in Solomon Islands must be part of decision making and have information about how they can participate, be protected and prepare before, during and after disasters strike,” said Clement Manuri, Deputy General Secretary of The Solomon Islands Red Cross.
World Humanitarian Day 2017: femLINKpacific - Women’s Weather Watch
Women’s Weather Watch is femLINKpacific’s inter-operable communication platform has been developed initially for Women’s Weather Watch.
Read more: http://www.femlinkpacific.org.fj/index.php/en/actions/archive/574-world-humanitarian-day-2017-femlinkpacific-women-s-weather-watch and https://www.facebook.com/notes/femlinkpacific/world-humanitarian-day-2017-femlinkpacific-womens-weather-watch/10155703457094295/
Labasa’s Women-Led and Only Radio Station Extends Broadcasts
by Sian Rolls
“They listen what we are saying and what changes which we have shared…it’s really appreciated,” remarked Dimakita Lena, President of the Naleba Multiracial Women’s Club.
Young Women Broadcasters – Proud of 89FM Labasa Expansion
by Sulueti Waqa
”As a young woman, the community radio is a very important tool for me to use to advocate on gender equality, raise (the) issues of women and marginalised groups and, most importantly, give the voice to the voiceless,“ shared Alumita Davelevu, the broadcaster that hosts the afternoon show.
Inspiring and Empowering Young Women to Affirm their Rights
by Sian Rolls
“Just hearing the name of the programme ‘My Body, My Rights’ inspires me and encourages me to speak up for myself.”
Listen to the podcast: https://soundcloud.com/femlinkpacific/femtalk89fm-pacific-jul17-my-body-my-rights
Reaffirming Women's Leadership - The First Responders
by Hannah Hicks
“It’s very critical… it’s the network of the women (that) get the message out on a particular issue," said Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, the Minister for International Development and the Pacific in the Australian Government, speaking to femLINKpacific during a recent visit to Fiji.