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FWRM Holds Regional Workshop To Build Capacity Of Partner Organisations Across The Region


The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement convened a two-day
regional workshop that concluded today in Suva on “How to
Be Gender Responsive and Transformative”. A total of 15
participants from a diverse range of organisations in eight
countries, attended the workshop – representatives from
government agencies and civil society groups working in the
areas of human, women and youth rights. 

“The
training is important in FWRM’s capacity as local gender
experts, sharing knowledge gained over the years working in
the gender space. Knowing how to do gender analysis and
analysing important national documents such as annual
country budgets is integral to applying a gender lens on
government programs and policies. This training will equip
participants to carry out gender analysis in their
day-to-day work and thereby contribute to gender equitable
outcomes of programs and policies.” said FWRM Executive
Director Nalini Singh. 

FWRM has over thirty
years of experience in gender training and led the two-day
workshop with toolkits and training material developed
in-house, drawing from experiences working on technical
gender analysis projects.

Through the support of the
Australian government under the We Rise Coalition, FWRM
hopes that the training has equipped participants to develop
an understanding of what gender analysis is, how it is done,
and how to analyse national budgets through a gender
lens. 

Cook Islands participant, Jean Nootai
said,” The workshop not only equipped me with crucial tools
but also fostered an environment where participants from
diverse Pacific contexts shared their experiences, enriching
our learning journey. It’s imperative to continue such
initiatives in our region, and I commend the facilitators
for their dedication and expertise in providing us the tools
to drive positive changes in our
communities.”

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Pacific Disability Forum representative
Sainimili Tawake shared that the training has broadened her
perspective and will use the concept of gender budgeting for
disability analysis on national budgets. 

The
Australian High Commission Program Manager Gender
(Bilateral) Sheron Narayan in opening the workshop said,
“in our work around Gender Equality we are seeing more and
more need for gender investment….partners like the Fiji
Women’s Rights Movement are supported to implement
trainings to further ensure gender responsiveness and how to
be gender transformative.”

“Gender discrimination
will continue to happen if we do not think about how gender
impacts our lived realities and daily experiences. Programs,
policies, legislations and services designed without gender
analysis will cause more harm than intended. How do we
ensure that ALL people’s needs are met? We teach our people
how to apply gender lensing to policy making so there is a
better understanding of what people need and the appropriate
response is facilitated. This is why we facilitate such
training. It is our hope that these participants from the
Pacific region can go back and share ways in which we all
can be gender responsive and carry out gender analysis,
being transformative in addressing the needs of our people,”
Ms Singh
added. 
 

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