Human Rights in Fiji

Supporting Human Rights & Social Participation of Women in Remote Communities in Fiji

The Supporting Human Rights and Social Participation for Women in Remote Areas in Fiji targeting women in 31 rural and remote communities in Fiji.

The project seeks to build broad-based public demand for democracy and human rights by strengthening women’s groupings and organizations and give women a voice through these forums.

Key findings from past community research carried out by Live & Learn through the Research of Aspirations and Perceptions (RAP) indicates that:

  • Women in remote regions are most vulnerable in terms of social inclusion, participation in, democracy, access to economic opportunity and basic services;
  • Capacity building must go beyond training and workshop to include broad-based organizational strengthening and creation of space within communities for people to mobilize and network;
  • Education and learning is a key tool in programs shifting the perceptions of local populations towards stronger participation and engagement and should be included across all aspects of development programs as opposed to protecting a cultural status quo;

Lack of basic services in remote regions keeps local populations in a grid of poverty and consumes all their energy.  More effort must be in place for providing basic services and opportunities away from larger town centers. Lack of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene causes 1.6 million deaths in a year, mainly due to diarrhoea and mainly among young children. Globally diarrhoea alone kills more people than TB and Malaria and four times more children die from diarrhoea disease than HIV/ AIDS. Research data shows that women and children are most vulnerable when water, sanitation and hygiene standards are compromised. 

The overall objective of the Supporting Human Rights and Social Participation for Women in Remote Areas in Fiji is to empower and mobilize women, to build broad based public demand for democracy and human rights through:

  • Test and modeling new ways of mobilising women in remote areas.
  • Strengthening the capacity of women in communities to educate & advocate for human rights & democracy.
  • Provide opportunities for South – South exchange of human rights and democracy.
  • Extending models of mobilisation to other areas of Fiji.
  • Effectively managing, monitoring and reporting on the action.

This action will directly benefit women in:

  • Nakalawaca, Veinuqa (Tailevu)
  • Veivatuloa, Nakavu (Namosi)
  • Vunibau (Serua)
  • Valeni, Nacavanadi (Cakaudrove)
  • Korovou, Tubeirata (Nadroga/Navosa)
  • Nagadoa, Vuya (Bua)
  • Maloku, Naroi (Lau)
  • Nailaga Settlement, Nailaga Village, Tavukubu Settlement (Ba)
  • Visoqo, Nubu, Nacereyaga (Macuata)
  • Nasaga (Lomaiviti)
  • Kavala (Kadavu)
  • Narocake, Nukui (Rewa)
  • Naganivatu, Nakini, Navuso, Navatuvula (Naitasiri)
  • Malake, Naria Settlement, Naivuvuni Settlement, Naivuvuni Village, Vitawa (Ra)

Expected results for the Supporting Human Rights and Social Participation for Women in Remote Areas in Fiji are:

  • Improve the effectiveness of community mobilisation
  • Sharing of tools, approaches, information, resources, training and advocacy techniques between groups enhanced
  • Peer education and learning strengthened
  • Awareness and leadership on human rights and other development issues enhanced
  • Local and national women’s organisation’s to organise and mobilise strengthened
  • Women – led advocacy, collaboration and action increased
  • South – South networking enhanced
  • Higher participation and representation of women in policy dialogue
  • Best practice in policy development strengthened
  • Capacity of networks and advocacy strengthened