Fifteen members of the
seventh (7) cohort of the Emerging Leaders Forum Programme
(ELF), a flagship young women’s leadership training
programme run by the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM),
graduated last night in Suva.
The young women
graduates had undergone a series of workshops facilitated by
FWRM that piloted the newly developed Young Women in
Leadership toolkit, which is significant to the Movement as
it was produced by a graduate of the programme. ELF 7 is
supported by the Australian Government through the Fiji
“Young women in Fiji face various
layers of discrimination and violence, often lacking support
and platforms to raise their voices and unique perspectives
due to their age and gender. The ELF programme since its
inception in 2003, provides the space and tools for these
young women to share and address their issues and equips
them with leadership and advocacy skills,” FWRM Executive
Director, Nalini Singh said.
A total of 12 modules
covering different thematic areas from the toolkit were
implemented between September 2020 and February
In this time, graduates were given the
opportunity to engage with and better understand the
first-hand experiences of a number of renowned feminists and
women’s rights activists in Fiji.
have gained so much knowledge from the ELF programme. My
biggest learnings is that I am not too young to question
issues that affect me as a young woman and that I have the
potential to be a leader and bring positive change to my
family and community. A personal impact of the programme is
that I have found the confidence to speak out and challenge
the daily patriarchal ideologies of my own community,”
graduate, Taraivini Naitini said.
Singh said FWRM was proud of the flagship program that has
over the years, produced over 90 young women graduates
equipped with the capacity to continue feminist based
advocacy in various spaces here at home in Fiji and
The ELF programme is designed for young women
between the ages of 18-25 years with an intergenerational
approach to highlight the realities faced by young women.
The programme aims to develop their abilities to critically
analyse socio-political-economic issues issues and advocacy
skills with a feminist and gender lens.
currently finalising plans for the next ELF cohort which is
recruiting young women from the western division and those
mainly residing in rural and informal