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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.

19 07, 2019

Unjust, unequal, unstoppable: New report on gender diversity

2019-07-19T10:55:07+12:00July 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

23 05, 2019

Pacific feminists commit to action plan for change

2019-05-23T10:37:48+12:00May 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+12:00May 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+12:00May 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+12:00May 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

1 03, 2019

PIANGO: Ensure disability inclusion and ownership in humanitarian responses

2019-04-04T10:34:19+12:00March 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

13 12, 2018

‘Poor humanitarian coordination causes more harm than good for women’

2018-12-13T12:32:08+12:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , |

The competition for space by donors, intergovernmental agencies and international NGOs in Pacific countries in the aftermath of disasters causes more harm than good, a major regional meeting on ending violence against women has heard. Poor coordination and a failure to connect with local groups already working on the ground often lead to a

5 12, 2018

Commonwealth grants for civil society organisations in PNG, Tonga, Vanuatu

2018-12-05T09:45:10+12:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Pacific Civil Society|Tags: , , , |

The Commonwealth Foundation has announced the opening of its annual grants call. In the Pacific, applications this year are open to Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu. Grants of up to £50,000 are available in support of innovative project ideas that seek to strengthen the ability of civic voices to engage with governments and that

16 11, 2018

Women in the Pacific

2019-04-02T16:55:46+12:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: News from Melanesia, News from Micronesia, News from Polynesia, Pacific Civil Society, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , |

Today, the issue of human rights, gender-based violence and decision making, are high on the agenda of Pacific leaders, but there is still much work to do. Women and girls in the Pacific face some of the highest levels of the violence which intimately affects all aspects of their lives. To

15 11, 2018

Youth in the Pacific

2019-04-02T16:55:46+12:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: News from Melanesia, News from Micronesia, News from Polynesia, Pacific Civil Society, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , |

Youth are constantly acknowledged as the 'future' and key to resolving many of the region's issues, but still face all kinds of challenges, including tokenism from leaders, access to resources and lack of interest. A large proportion of the population of most Pacific Island Countries consists of young people. Youth are

15 11, 2018

Organisational Capacity Assessment Guide for Pacific Civil Society Organisations

2019-04-02T16:55:46+12:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pasifika Rising News, Resources|Tags: , , |

Download this Document This guide is part of a package of capacity development activities developed by the Raising Pacific Voices programme (RPV), a three-year civil society strengthening programme. It is intended to assist people working to strengthen inclusive, transparent, accountable and effective civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Pacific region. The guide provides

14 11, 2018

Civic space in the Pacific

2019-04-02T16:55:46+12:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , |

Collective action by civil society groups in the Pacific has a proud history but is also fraught with challenges Collective action by civil society groups in the Pacific has a proud history but is also fraught with challenges. With technology, civic action has become easier but there also remains the challenge

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