20 join forum

Fiji Womens Rights Movement executive director Nalini Singh. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FILE.

Twenty young women from Lautoka, Ba and Tavua joined the eighth cohort of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement’s Emerging Leaders Forum program.

FWRM executive director Nalini Singh said they joined the more than 100 young women graduates of the program, who now worked across Fiji, the Pacific and globally, some continuing within the feminist, human rights and civil society movements.

“The growth of ELF graduates in leadership positions within their various organisations reflect the values and the success of the ELF program and the need for such leadership training for young women,” she said.

“Many of these graduates continue to be advocates of gender equality and diverse women’s rights.”

Ms Singh said the FWRM was excited with the direction of the program and the shift in focus this year to young women from informal and rural communities in the West, “particularly as they have been the most heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic”.

She said the new strategy also ensured that young women from the division were able to access feminist leadership training.

Ms Singh said the FWRM would continue to contribute towards developing and strengthening young women’s leadership and advocacy skills and their capacity in decision-making spaces.

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