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Sainimili Tawake

Sainimili Tawake

Regional Coordinator on Climate Change with the Pacific Disability Forum

Sainimili is a Pacific Feminist and has over the past 20 years, worked in various national, regional and international organisations such as the Albinism Project, United Nations Development Programme and the Pacific Community’s Regional Rights Resource Team as a Human Rights Trainer. Sainimili is passionate about human rights, disability and gender issues and was instrumental in co-facilitating a study on women with disabilities and co-authored a report titled, Pacific Sisters with Disabilities at an Intersection of Discrimination.

Susan Naidu

Susan Naidu

Assistant General Manager for Strategic and Community Development at the Model Town Charitable Trust

Susan Naidu is a Community Development Specialist who has worked with marginalised communities to influence positive social change with a special focus on women and children.  She has had a long career working for Non-Governmental Organisations such as the Ecumenical Centre for Research Education Advocacy (ECREA), femLINKpacific, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement.  Susan is currently the Assistant General Manager for Strategic and Community Development at the Model Town Charitable Trust. Most recently, Susan was appointed to the Board of the Lautoka School for Special Education.

Tara Chetty

Tara Chetty

Gender Adviser – Gender, Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development, Support Unit

Tara Chetty works in gender and development, supporting the delivery of a regional gender equality program in the Pacific. She previously worked for feminist and human rights organisations in Fiji for over 10 years. In this work, Tara has had a strong thematic focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights, including through international and regional advocacy. Tara holds a Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University and is a Fulbright alumnus. In her current role with the Pacific Women Support Unit, she provides technical support to the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development program, Australia’s 10-year initiative to support gender equality in 14 Pacific Island countries.

Emily Elliot

Emily Elliot

Program Manager, Bilateral Gender, at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT),Suva

Emily has over 15 years’ experience in regional development, program management and partnership brokering at implementation and contractual levels with counterparts in the Pacific on Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET), Leadership, Governance, Human Rights and Social Inclusion.  She has a Master’s of Business Administration, a Post-graduate Diploma in Development Studies and currently working towards completing a Master’s in Development Studies. She currently manages DFAT support to the Fiji Bilateral Country Program.