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From small community organisations on remote atolls to regional NGOs in urban capitals, civil society actors in the Pacific play vital roles. As partners of states and businesses, civil society actors often provide inclusive basic services; they also play a watchdog role and exert pressure to demand accountability; and as advocates they defend the rights of marginalized people. It is the sum of these different roles, across a wide range of interest areas, which constitutes a vibrant civil society.

27 09, 2019

Planning and navigating social change

2019-09-27T10:53:07+13:00September 27th, 2019|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |

This guidebook is designed to assist those working to bring about social change by providing tools and processes that prioritise the complex interpersonal relationships that exist between Pacific Islanders, and which permeate Pacific institutions of all kinds, at all levels. Social change initiatives must understand, work with and respond to the intricate and

19 09, 2019

Niu Pawa: What Climate Activism looks like in the Pacific

2019-09-19T17:10:25+13:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities, Pacific Resilience, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Written by ERNEST GIBSON – Oxfam in the Pacific and Pacific Youth Council Technical Advisory Group; and CHRISTOPHER TENISIO – 350 Pacific Climate Warriors Auckland In the Pacific, we are taught to recognise the value of narratives and stories from the day we are born. You need to know who you are: your mother

27 08, 2019

Joining forces to ensure nobody is left behind

2019-10-09T10:03:23+13:00August 27th, 2019|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities, Pacific Resilience, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , |

By Harrison Selman The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) have agreed to work together in addressing sexual and reproductive health needs of people living with disability. Their Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) formalises and builds on the existing partnership between the organisations. IPPF Director Programme and Operations,

9 08, 2019

Pacific Feminist Charter Action Plan

2019-10-09T09:48:17+13:00August 9th, 2019|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities|Tags: , , , |

The second Pacific Feminist Forum took place 20-22 May 2019 in Pacific Harbour, Fiji. The forum brought together over 150 feminists from the Pacific region. The Pacific Feminist Charter was created at the first forum in 2016 as a living document, intended to guide our analysis and practice. This Action Plan reflects our

19 07, 2019

Unjust, unequal, unstoppable: New report on gender diversity

2019-07-19T10:55:07+13:00July 19th, 2019|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities|Tags: , |

Fiji lesbians, bisexual women, transmen and gender non-conforming people tipping the scales towards justice Historically there has been scant evidential research on the socio-economic and human rights situation of lesbians, bisexual women, transmen (LBT women) and gender non-conforming people (GNC) people in Fiji and the Pacific. Far too much of herstories and everyday

11 07, 2019

Fiji Council of Social Services wants NGO seat at the table

2019-10-09T09:41:30+13:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: Pacific Civil Society|Tags: , , , , |

The Fiji Council of Social Services has urged the United Nations to consider the inclusion of discussions on non-state actors’ reviews of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in future High-Level Political Forums (HLPF). Speaking at the United Nations Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Lessons Learnt from the first cycle of the

23 05, 2019

Pacific feminists commit to action plan for change

2019-05-23T10:37:48+13:00May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities|Tags: , , |

Pacific feminists celebrated and reaffirmed their commitment towards sustaining solidarity, strengthening resistance and revolution for gender equality, human rights and justice at the closing of the 2nd Pacific Feminist Forum (PFF). Over 150 women human rights defenders and grassroots activists from across the region convened for the 2nd PFF, which was held from

21 05, 2019

Help us get the balance right!

2019-05-23T10:51:18+13:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: News from Melanesia, Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Resilience|Tags: , , , |

Women leaders from the Vanuatu Civil Society Influencing Network have delivered an important request for support to the Secretary General of the United Nations, His Excellency António Guterres, in Port Vila. “Let’s get the balance right! We’re aiming for 50% women in our National Parliament from 2020 on,” said Hilda Lini, spokesperson for

20 05, 2019

Building solidarity aim of 2nd Pacific Feminist Forum

2019-05-23T10:40:12+13:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities|Tags: , , |

Women's human rights in the Pacific and globally are under threat and now more than ever, women human rights defenders and activists need to build solidarity, strengthen resistance and lead the revolution against all forms of discrimination and injustices that hinder progress towards gender equality. This was the rallying cry of over 150

19 05, 2019

Who asked her? Talking about feminism in PNG

2019-05-23T10:56:54+13:00May 19th, 2019|Categories: News from Melanesia, Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities|Tags: , , , , |

Who asked her is a podcast created by Papua New Guinea lawyer Elvina Ogil. Ogil says the podcast is designed to start a conversation about the feminism in Papua New Guinea. “[The podcast] is about broadening our view of Papua New Guinean women at home because we have this narrow concept of ‘You’re not

10 05, 2019

The Peace Corner Podcast – Fiji’s Sharon Bhagwan Rolls

2019-10-09T09:21:31+13:00May 10th, 2019|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities, Pacific Resilience|Tags: , , , |

The Peace Corner podcast interviews Fiji’s Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, a long-time feminist activist working in the field of Women, Peace and Security. From military coups in Fiji, Sharon talks about her long career striving for more inclusive and peaceful societies; especially urging against the ghettoisation of women in peacebuilding!

1 03, 2019

PIANGO: Ensure disability inclusion and ownership in humanitarian responses

2019-04-04T10:34:19+13:00March 1st, 2019|Categories: Featured, News from Pacific Regional NGO (PRNGO) Alliance, Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities, Pacific Resilience, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , , |

There is a need to build meaningful relationships and create enabling spaces that gain the trust of people living with disabilities. Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (PIANGO) Research and Policy Officer Josaia Osborne in his presentation at the 6th Pacific Regional Conference on Disability (Conference programme | Word doc) in Nadi, Fiji said a

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