Steering Committee

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The Fund Steering Committee provides overall strategic guidance and support to the Fund including the allocation of funds. It is comprised of representatives from DFAT, the Fiji Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation’s Department of Women, the Pacific Women Support Unit, women’s civil society organisations and the Fijian private sector.

Christina Munzer

Christina Munzer

Christina Munzer is Counsellor, Development Cooperation for Fiji and Tuvalu with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian High Commission in Suva.

Christina came to DFAT from the civil society sector, she worked with CARE Australia as Coordinator of Asia and Pacific programs and before that with the International Rescue Committee in several humanitarian and post-conflict postings in Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Christine was the first Chair of the Steering Committee when it was established in 2017.

Tupou Vere

Tupou is an experienced women’s human rights defender with extensive experience of advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality interests.

Tupou worked in civil society, the Fiji government, UN Women and the House of Sarah. As a civil servant, Tupou was actively involved in the preparations for Fiji’s ratification of CEDAW, negotiations of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the development of Fiji’s first National Plan of Action for Women.

Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh is a social development specialist and is the Executive Director of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement. She has vast experience in development programs with a focus on women’s human rights including sexual and reproductive health and rights in Asia Pacific. Nalini is a former Program Manager, Advocacy & Capacity Building for the Asia Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women.

Selai Korovusere

Selai is the Acting Director of Women, Ministry for Women, Children, and Poverty Alleviation.

A career civil servant, Selai has worked in various government ministries over the past 15 years. She was also the Coordinator for Service Excellence Awards Program at the Public Service Commission.

Mere Roden

Mere Roden

Mere Roden is a respected disability rights advocate, specifically advocating the rights of persons with disabilities to meaningful employment. She is the President of Spinal Injuries Association and Employer Liaison Officer of the Include Disability Employ This Ability (IDEA) program.

Mere is a Pacific Games gold medallist in table tennis and represented Fiji at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Leaine Robinson

Leaine Robinson

Leaine is the Senior Program Manager, Gender Equality & Inclusive Growth, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australian High Commission in Fiji.

Leaine came to DFAT from the NGO sector, working with the regional organisation. Leaine has over 10 years’ experience working on development in Fiji and the Pacific specialising in program management, gender, disability, governance and sexual reproductive health. She previously worked for Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific coordinating governance and sexual reproductive health programs across seven Pacific Island countries.

Mareta Salacakau Fong

Mareta Salacakau Fong

Mareta is the Chair of the ANZ Fiji Banking on Women (BoW) Executive Committee which is an in-house program that focusses on ANZ women’s career progression and well-being by organising activities that are targeted to increase visibility, boost confidence and challenge status quo. She is currently the Finance Manager for ANZ Fiji and previously held similar position for Samoa, Tonga and Cook Islands. Mareta is also a member of the Leadership FIJI alumni, member of Fiji’s Women in Business, Committee member for ANZ Staff Foundation, Treasurer for local church parish sector. Mareta has been heavily involved in working with Samoa Victims Support Shelter and Hilton School in Fiji. Mareta has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Tourism from the University of the South Pacific.

Dr. Litea Meo-Sewabu

Dr. Litea Meo-Sewabu

Dr. Meo-Sewabu is a practitioner in the health and community development in Fiji and New Zealand. She is also a member of the Fiji Higher Education Board Council and has participated in Massey University’s women in leadership programme. She was part of a team teaching ‘Gender and Development’ which covers gender and development theories in specific areas such as empowerment and human rights issues, gender analysis, gender and health, work and education at the Massey University. Dr. Meo-Sewabu attained a Doctor of Philosophy from Massey University, Master in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine and Bachelor of Science from University of Memphis.

Sarah Boxall

Sarah Boxall

Sarah Boxall is the former Deputy Team Leader with the Pacific Women Support Unit since May 2016. Prior to this role, she worked at CARE Australia as their Program Quality Specialist working with staff on the development, review and implementation of women’s empowerment projects in Asia, Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Before joining CARE, Sarah worked for AusAID/DFAT for nine years in a range of roles including in the Office of the Director General, Fragile States Unit and Multilateral Effectiveness Unit. Sarah was based in Honiara from 2008 –2011 working on the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) and has previously worked at the Vanuatu Institute of Technology in Port Vila, Vanuatu.