Gender justice

A group of young women take part in the
Women in Leadership Project.
The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) was established in 1986 and since then has been at the forefront of the women’s movement in Fiji. The organisation is:

  • committed to removing discrimination against women and believe that change can happen if the law treats women and men equally
  • fighting for legal reforms and a change in attitude towards women and women’s rights within their community and society as a whole
  • using research, legal advice, advocacy training and literacy programmes to raise awareness of women’s rights amongst both women and men in Fiji

Oxfam has a long-standing relationship with the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement which began with our support for their Women’s Employment and Economic Rights project in 1993.

In 2003, the group achieved a significant victory with the Fiji Parliament unanimously passing the Family Law Bill – the culmination of 13 years' work by the Fiji Women's Rights Movement. The Bill recognises women's non-financial contribution to a marriage, allowing domestic housewives to claim a share in the matrimonial property should divorce occur. It also ensures that during child custody proceedings, the right of the child to be raised in an environment that will help in their development is essential.

Oxfam and gender justice in Fiji

  • New leaders Oxfam is currently working with the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement on the Young Women in Leadership programme. This project focuses on young women between the ages of 14 and 25, and aims to train each of them to be able to inform and influence their peers on issues such as reproductive rights and building self-confidence, as well as how to deal with discrimination.
  • Action for change Oxfam supported the work of the Women’s Action for Change (WAC) group for many years. The group works with disadvantaged people in Fiji such as women, sexual minorities and young people, encouraging them to strive for a fairer, more just and equal society.
  • A woman of courage The Director of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement won two prestigious international awards.

Our partner in Fiji