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[16days_discussion] FemLINKPacific PR: Not Just Sweet Talk Campaign: Rural women feature in first TV simulcast from Labasa (Fiji)

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls sharon at
Wed Aug 29 22:45:58 EDT 2012

28 August 2012
Labasa, Fiji Islands

Free and fair participation, education programmes for rural women to enable them to participate in formal decision making structures, fifty-fifty representation through structures that are transformed to comply with women's human rights treaties and conventions including UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security).

These were the key issues raised by 24 rural women including 6 young women who featured in the first television simulcast in conjunction with FemTALK89FM the community radio station operated by FemLINKPacific. It is all part of the organisation's Not Just Sweet Talk campaign which brought together leaders from 7 community groups including the Association of Anglican Women, Bulileka Women’s Group, Naleba Multiracial Women’s Forum, Naqai Women’s Group, Naboutini Women and Youth Group, Tawake Women’s Group and Vunicuicui Multiracial Women’s Forum.
During the television simulcast the women talked about the projects they are leading at local club level, the struggles of negotiating through entrenched patriarchal decision making structures and the desire to see women's leadership recognised and reaffirmed in political processes both in national and local government.

"The Not Just Sweet Talk" campaign builds on FemLINKPACIFIC’s community videos and radio broadcasts in 2001 and 2006 and provides a media platform for rural women leaders to address a range of priorities they would like to be accounted for in the work of the Constitution Commission as well as the long term process of democratization," says FemLINKPacific Executive Director, Sharon Bhagwan Rolls.

Ongoing local level network meetings will also be increased to enable more women to access information and utilise the community media spaces such as the community radio programmes and broadcasts:

"From September to December FemTALK 89FM will increase the frequency of broadcasts dedicating close to 80 hours of local programming, says Bhagwan-Rolls, "because women need their spaces of communication. These will also be linked to the  annual 16 days of activism campaign."

Since 2007 FemLINKPacific's rural community media network meetings, consultations and community radio broadcasts have provided a participatory and interactive process to link rural women's networks with initiatives such as the Fiji Women’s Forum and other women’s rights groups to also provide relevant support to enable rural women to engage proactively in process of democratization, including Constitution submissions.

The activity is part of the Fiji activities of the Regional Women’s Media and Policy Network on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and undertaken with additional support from USAID and the American Bar Association (ABA) - Rule of Law Initiative as well as the European Union, UNDP – Strengthening Capacities for Peace and Development Project, the Generation Next project supported by the International Women’s Development Agency and in collaboration with the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement.
Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, Executive Director: FemLINKPacific (, M +6799244871

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