Fund launches annual report

Australian High Commissioner John Feakes (with garland) and guests at the launch. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Australian High Commissioner John Feakes (with garland) and guests at the launch. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE Fiji Women’s Fund (the Fund) earlier this month launched its first annual report in conjunction with International Women’s Day, showcasing its achievements since its inception in 2017.

The Fund is an initiative of the Australian Government funded Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) Program committing up to $A10.5m ($F16.45m) from July 2017 to June 2022.

Its objective is to provide women’s groups, organisations and networks in Fiji the support that they need to improve women’s lives, particularly those in rural and remote areas or those marginalised or disadvantaged.

And as of this year, a total of $1.9 million in funding has been committed towards 14 diverse women’s groups, networks and organisations in Fiji as part of the five-year initiative.

These women groups, networks and organisations either come from or have reached out to rural remote women and marginalised groups selected to receive financial support from the Fund.

Fund manager Michelle Reddy said it had been an exciting eight months of co-creation with the Fund’s steering and grants committee and the women’s movement in Fiji.