Oxfam works in Fiji to help women, young people, and other groups facing marginalisation and discrimination, to demand their rights, to have a voice, and to be involved in decisions that affect them.
Fiji is relatively urbanised and enjoys high levels of economic development compared to other Melanesian countries. Yet increasing wealth disparities, rising levels of poverty, and a lack of employment and livelihood opportunities mean that many Fijians, in particular women and young people, face increasing social and economic marginalisation.
Oxfam has worked in Fiji since the early 1990s, supporting programmes including gender justice, livelihoods, access to essential services, as well as promoting active citizenship and accountability.
A strong voice for all
Oxfam works with our partner the Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) to provide support to the struggling voices for social justice in Fiji, to help reduce conflict and support peacebuilding. We’re helping communities to understand their basic rights and how to participate effectively in democratic processes.
Discrimination and violence against women is widespread in Fiji, and women are severely under-represented in all national decision-making processes.
We’re working with our partner FEMLink Pacific, a community media organisation, to provide public communication channels for women to speak out publicly. We’re building women’s confidence so they are empowered to speak out on decisions that affect them. And we’re working to changing people's attitudes and beliefs to the role of women in society.
- More women and young people will be trained to take on leadership roles and speak out for their communities.
- Communities better understand their basic rights and how to participate effectively in democratic processes.
- More women and men challenging discrimination against women and speaking out for gender justice.
- More young people will be actively involved in the decisions that affect the development of their communities and their country.
- Women are empowered to speak out on issues of political participation, livelihoods and influence the decisions that affect their lives.