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Right to peace and security

Losalini Vuki
Thursday, March 08, 2018

INTERNATIONAL Women's Day (IWD) is a vital reminder that all women and girls must be able to claim their right to peace and security." These were the words of FemLINKPacific executive producer-director Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls on the worldwide event celebrated today. This year for IWD as well as the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), Ms Bhagwan-Rolls said their focus as a women-led community media organisation is "Women using technology to advance agency, advocacy, capacity & peace."

"It represents our commitment to leverage media and technologies including community radio to advance women's leadership and capacities for peace as well as confront structural inequality and promote inclusive collaborative opportunities to advance the women's rights agenda," she said.

"Our media initiatives including FemTALK89FM, the Community Radio Times and HEROWINS comic book series will continue to bring visibility to how rural women, as well as women with disabilities, must be at the heart of development."

She adds the organisation would also continue to amplify a conflict prevention and human security approach to development as well as increasing women's access to information and services such as through the innovative Women's Weather Watch inter-operable communications system.

"In collaboration with Pacific partners including the We Rise Coalition, the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict and the Shifting the Power coalition we will continue to build on the legacy of the women's movement so that women of all diversities can inform and influence decisions, which affect their lives, including through equal participation in local and national governance."

Website reports International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world and it is a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. "International Women's Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe," reports

"Since those early years, International Women's Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women's movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women's conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women's rights and participation in the political and economic arenas."

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