In May Women Peace Human Security & Development Update – A FemLINKPACIFIC Policy Brief commemorated the first decade of advancing our mission to provide a safe space via community radio and enabling women from within their local communities to claim and localize UNSCR1325 as well as CEDAW with the theme “Communicating Peace, Development, Diversity, Security and Freedom”
Our Radio with Pictures campaign enabled 82 women leaders in all their diversities, representing a collective constituency of 1811 members, in Nadi, Nausori and Labasa to communicate their peace, human security and development priorities. Additionally in May through our rural network activities 94 women, particularly rural women, disabled women, young women and transgender women came together to discuss and document their collective priorities in Labasa, Nausori, Tavua/Rakiraki, Ba and Nadi
It was clear across the 3 divisions that women are not being accounted for – current development processes are not accounting for commitments to CEDAW or the National Women’s Plan of Action whether it is addressing environment security (disaster risk reduction, responses and management/recovery as well as climate change adaptation) or economic security which is closely linked to food and nutrition security.
Without women’s equal access to and participation in development processes from the district and tikina level, gender inclusive development will not happen and we will continue to hear the call for improvements in rural infrastructure (roads, water and electricity supply) and enhancing health services as well as guaranteeing a life free of violence and crime.
Meanwhile, 41% of respondents (143 women) in our monthly household income and expenditure survey highlighted the struggle to meet cost of living expenses such as food, household bills, in addition to education, transport and health expenses being priorities when earning less than $50 to at least $200 a week.
Our survey this month has once again highlighted the prevalence of the information-communication and digital divide for 82% of respondents which is why we also celebrate that over the last 10 years we are enabling women who would otherwise be silent or invisible to claim their communication rights.
As WACC says community radio is a key to participatory development and change: “Community radio enables people – especially marginalized sectors such as women and youth – to voice their concerns and to unite around common causes in order to challenge decision-makers and create communities that better respond to their needs. Community radio, alongside digital platforms and citizen journalism, is fast becoming one of the focal points for grassroots democracy, good citizenship and good governance.” (WACC General Secretary Rev. Dr. Karin Achtelstetter)
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- Date Published: May 30, 2014
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