Cardno is working on behalf of the Australian Government in Fiji to improve the lives of women living in rural and remote locations and those who are marginalised. This includes women with disabilities and those facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Fiji Women’s Fund (the Fund) is an initiative of the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) Program. The Fund will commit up to AU$10.5 million from 2017 to 2022. It provides funding and capacity development support to women’s groups, organisations and networks in Fiji to expand and enhance their work on women’s empowerment and gender equality. The aim of the Fund is to become an independently funded and managed Women’s Fund by the end of 2022, and it seeks the following outcomes:
- Women’s groups, organisations, or networks supported by the Fund are empowered and have the 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 being influenced at different levels (individual, systemic and formal, and informal) and they are contributing to transformative change in women’s lives.
- The Fund has transitioned to an independent local entity and has secured funding from donors, private sector, and local philanthropy.
The Fund is co-located with the existing Pacific Women Support Unit office in Suva, Fiji. It operates as an independent entity to support grant and capacity building activities of Fiji-based implementing partners The Fund is contributing to the Fijian Government’s National Women’s Plan of Action, which aims to promote gender equity, equality, social justice and sustainable development in the Republic of Fiji.