Women’s Fund Fiji (the Fund) is the Pacific’s first national women’s fund. We are an empathetic and adaptive feminist fund working to influence and mobilise financial and non-financial resources for feminist and women’s rights organisations and movements, so they can progress the human rights of women, girls, and gender non-conforming people in Fiji.
We began implementation in 2017 as a five-year initiative of the Australian Government’s Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) program. The Fund has committed up to AUD10.5 million from 2017 to 2022 to fund and build the capacity of women’s groups, organisations and networks in Fiji to expand and enhance their work on gender justice and human rights. We work with women’s groups, networks and organisations across four thematic areas:(i) women’s economic empowerment (WEE); (ii) ending violence against women (EVAW); (iii) women’s leadership and decision making (WLDM); and (iv) strengthening women’s groups and coalitions for change (WCC).
In 2021, we were registered in Fiji as a local entity under Fiji’s Charitable Trust Act.
An agent of change influencing the flow of resources to diverse women, girls, and gender non-conforming people in Fiji
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 having influence at different levels (individual / systemic and formal / informal) and 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 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. The Fund complements Fiji’s National Development Plan and 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 Sustainable Development Goals 2030.
The Fund has two mechanisms for reaching remote, rural and other marginalised women. The first mechanism is through larger partnerships with organisations that work in rural and remote areas, or support networks of otherwise hard to reach women. These organisations may provide direct services or act as intermediaries for re-granting or capacity development assistance. The second mechanism is direct financial and non-financial assistance from the Fund to women’s groups, networks and organisations of various sizes.
The Fund’s delivery approach is guided by the following key values:
Feminist: We are feminist. We promote transformative agency, autonomy, leadership, and decision-making. We are committed to supporting approaches that advance the rights of diverse women, girls, and gender non-conforming people. We practice rights-based approaches, substantive equality, non-discrimination, intersectional and transformative approaches.
Flexible & Adaptable: We are responsive to shifting contexts and circumstances. We are willing to examine the value of strategic opportunities to meet the needs of our partners.
Accountable: We are accountable to ourselves and to the community of people we work with, including our grantee partners, funders and the women’s and human rights movements. We are committed to being accountable by appraising and communicating the outcomes of our grantmaking and sharing our learnings.
Transparent: We strive to be transparent in the way we conduct our grantmaking, resource mobilisation, communications, administrative and governance processes, without compromising on the confidentiality and safety of our grantee partners.
Inclusive: We empathetically embrace diversity and are inclusive. We are committed to actively promoting, respecting, and supporting the rights of the most marginalised and oppressed communities of diverse women, girls, and gender non-conforming people in Fiji.
Collaborative: We believe in the power of social movements. We are committed to forging collaborative partnerships with the community of people we work with, including our grantee partners, funders, and allies to achieve shared goals.