FemLINKPACIFIC

Organisation name FemLINKPACIFIC
Address P O Box 2439, Government Buildings, Suva, Fiji
Website  www.femlinkpacific.org.fj
Social media @femlinkpacific, http://www.facebook.com/pages/femLINKPACIFIC/256180025092, http://www.mixcloud.com/femlinkpacific.
Contact person / email sharon@femlinkpacific.org.fj, research@femlinkpacific.org.fj
Related activities on women, peace and security Our role as a feminist media organisation is reflected in our ongoing contribution to regional policy and practice on gender, media and ICTs including the formulation of recommendations for advancing the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

We believe that women must be recognised as equal partners in the constituency working for a culture of prevention and by amplifying women’s voices they will be able to increase the capacity of civil society to contribute effectively to preventing violent conflicts. We believe that a shift from reaction to prevention is possible when civil society networks and the United Nations, Regional Inter-governmental Organisations (RIGOs) and state actors collaborate. This requires women to systematically engage with their governments to on conflict prevention issues, so that governments will invest in invest in prevention and advocate for regional and international organisations to do the same.

 

Women’s participation in key from the local to the national level and must be supported with an inclusive and creative information and communication system

 

We work to address and transform the decision-making structures which impede women and young women’s effective participation, especially from the rural population and the poor, to communicate openly on common matters, so that:

 

  1. Women have increased knowledge and are now openly sharing their peace, human security and development priorities and are actively involved in the media and policy activities addressing the need for and how to prevent and address inequalities;

 

  1. Communities are informed and engaged through the media initiatives and contribute to prevention strategies to enhance personal security measures for women and girls;

 

  1. Women at the community level are able to access the space and have access to relevant peace, human security and development information and their knowledge is enhanced. They then are able to effectively communicate their priorities to decision makers (village level, local government, provincial departments and national level) and influence decisions that may have a negative effect/impact on them as women;

 

  1. There are an increased number of women’s stories on Peace, Human Security and Development and women in decision making documented to create greater visibility of the status of rural women in Fiji society through community and mainstream media.

 

 

In the Pacific region, our work since 2006 particularly focusing our engagement with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) through a series of official meetings to integrate 1325 into the regional peace and security architecture as well as having a formalized communication and meeting space for CSOs with the Forum Regional Security Committee (FRSC) officials has resulted in the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (2012 – 2015) being recognised as key regional mechanism to support the advancement of women and gender equality.

This has been a result of ongoing efforts since the 2004 Pacific Women’s Triennial Conference recognised Women, Peace and Security as an emerging issue affecting the advancement of women in our region. Through various civil society and formal processes at regional and UN level we have catalyzed action to ensure Women, Peace and Security as a standalone agenda item on the annual FRSC meeting agenda.

FemLINKPACIFIC uses a combined approach of action learning, public outreach, network strengthening and policy advocacy strategies on gender and communication issues, including advocacy at national, regional and global levels.

 

We organise consultations and training for women leaders, community media volunteers and personnel and CSOS, in order to enhance communication activism in our region.

 

We publish a range of resource materials, supporting women’s networking, media monitoring and research.

 

FemLINKPACIFIC works with a range of networks of individuals and organisations concerned with gender and communication issues and peacebuilding including the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), the World Association of Christian Communications (WACC) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) as well as the Post 2015 Women’s Coalition and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders.

 

FemLINKPACIFIC’s advocacy strategy linked to the Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. While the Pacific Islands Forum did not substantively convene the Reference Group on Women, Peace and Security we have been a prominent advocate of the action plan and proactively organised information sharing and online lobbying with the Reference Group on Women, Peace and Security, relevant regional inter-governmental organisations as well as Pacific missions at the United Nations and in Suva, Melanesian Spearhead Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Fiji.

 

As a result of various engagements through the Track I and Track II processes, and through FemLINKPACIFIC’s years of experience in working on UNSCR1325 and playing a key role in the development of the PIFS Human Security Framework, the Ministry of Defence invited FemLINKPACIFIC to contribute to the development of the National Human Security Framework which enabled us to channel recommendations relating to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325) and RAP-WPS.

FemLINKPACIFIC also participated in the development of the Fiji Government’s Gender Policy formulating recommendations on peace, security as well as Media and ICTs which were subsequently included in the policy.

 

Localizing of international treaties in particular CEDAW and UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security) is the bedrock of the work of FemLINKPACIFIC (see http://www.peaceportal.org/web/taking-women-beyond-1325/blogs/-/blogs/localizing-wps-femlinkpacific-statement-ahead-of-1325-13) Through a series of 1325 anniversary campaigns members of the rural and regional network have access to information and are able to inform policy advocacy on the way such treaties can be localized in a practical and inclusive manner. The documentation and research surrounding FemLINKPACIFIC’s work in Fiji informs the annual in-country monitoring of the implementation of UNSCR1325 in collaboration with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders as well as the annual campaign at the UN Security Council with the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict. The documentation of the network in Fiji and with our regional partners has also informed the development and adoption of the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (2012).

 

Members of FemLINKPACIFIC’s network are also actively involved in organizing specific activities 16 days of Community Radio Campaign including community radio productions and broadcasts for this campaign which dedicates more than 250 hours of airtime on FemTALK 89FM to this global campaign.

 

FemLINKPACIFIC also supports the International Campaign to abolish nuclear weapons (ICAN) and has linked this campaign to our work on UNSCR1325. This has resulted in strengthened communication channels in particular with the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and linking UNSCR1325 and the RAP-WPS with the Lakataro Declaration and Treaty of Rarotonga to inform a new generation of media and NGO activists.

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