Fiji Women's Fund

Location: Australasia; Fiji

The Fiji Women’s Fund (The Fund) is an initiative of the Australian Government-funded Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) Program.

The Fund commits up to AU$10.5 million from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2022 to support women’s groups, organisations and networks in Fiji to expand and enhance their work on women’s empowerment and gender equality. The Fund works towards reaching women living in rural and remote locations and those who are marginalised, including women with disabilities and those facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. In this manner, The Fund contributes to the Fiji National Women’s Plan of Action and the National Gender Policy, the Beijing Platform for Action, Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration (2012) and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

The Fund’s objective is to provide women’s groups, organisations and networks with the support that they need to improve women’s lives, particularly those in rural and remote areas or who are marginalised or disadvantaged. The Fund has identified the following three outcomes to achieve by 2022:

  • Women’s groups, organisations or networks supported by The Fund are empowered and have improved capacity (knowledge, skills, resources and relationships) to contribute to transformative change that improves women’s lives;
  • Women’s groups, organisations or networks supported by The Fund are more influential at different levels (individual / systemic and formal / informal) and are contributing to transformative change in women’s lives; and
  • The Fund has transitioned to an independent local entity and has secured funding from donors, private sector and local philanthropy.

The Fund’s delivery approach is guided by the following key principles:

  • Flexible, responsive and accessible in supporting women’s groups, networks and organisations;
  • Influence and encourage transformative shifts in existing power structures to contribute towards gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Foster collective action and movement building of women’s groups, networks and organisations;
  • Promote and practise action reflection and participatory learning processes; and
  • Promote and practise accountability, transparency, inclusiveness and local ownership. 

The Fund has committed over AU$500,000 in grants and capacity building support for the following thematic areas:

  • Empowering women through increased economic opportunities;
  • Eliminating violence against women;
  • Improving women’s participation in leadership and decision making;
  • Strengthening women’s groups and coalitions for change.
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