BRINGING people from rural communities together is one of the main reasons the Creating Dialogue for Change forum was organised by NGO Live and Learn for Tavakubu.
The forum, which was held in Lautoka last week, was attended by about 40 men and women.
Talks also focused on the need to establish dialogue on women's development policy between the Ministry of Women and women living in remote areas.
A statement issued this week stated that another function of the forum was to develop women's capacity to share effective human rights approaches in their communities.
"We also wanted to build women and community participants advocacy skills and develop a network between women's organisations in rural communities and stakeholders."
Participants at the forum included women and village headmen from communities in Ra, Ba and Nadroga.
"Their women's group also organised to run a community co-ordination centre, which has been constructed under the project funded by the European Union.
"The Creating Dialogue for Change in the Western Division forum is an initiative of the supporting human rights and social participation for women in remote areas in Fiji.
Live and Learn is focused on reducing poverty and fostering greater understanding.
and action toward a sustainable future through education, community mobilisa tion and supportive partnerships.
"The forum seeks to build and enhance participants' understanding of human rights approaches in rural communities, increased understanding, participation and representation of women in policy dialogue and processes and actively assist to build networks with relevant communities and stakeholders."