Through Pacific Women, the Australian Government will spend approximately $26 million over 10 years on initiatives supporting women’s empowerment in Fiji. A first draft of the Country Plan was developed in 2013 based on consultations with women’s civil society organisations, Australian Government funded aid programs working in Fiji and development partners. The Country Plan has since been updated to better reflect the Government of Fiji and Government of Australia’s shared commitment to advancing gender equality, namely in supporting Fiji to implement the national gender policy and related gender equality commitments. The Country Plan has an accompanying Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to track progress and learning. The Country Plan will undergo review in 2017 to evaluate ongoing relevance and contribution to positive change for women in Fiji.
Fiji is a multi-cultural society with varying traditions and values. Strong patriarchal practices dominate decision making structures with little to no participation of women in decision making and formal planning. High rates of violence against women continue to persist. Analysis of gender inequality in Fiji highlights the need for a multi-pronged approach to address such a complex issue. These approaches include targeted interventions with individuals, families and communities through to strategies that address formal systems and structures at the national level that discriminate against women.
The Government of Fiji is committed to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The Fiji National Gender Policy launched in March 2014 reflects this commitment to promote gender equality, social justice and sustainable development in Fiji. The policy has a specific focus on the promotion of women’s human rights and gender mainstreaming across development planning and decision making processes within government as well as addressing structural and social barriers that impede gender equality.
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- Date Published: December 20, 2016