To celebrate International Women’s Day, 8 March, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in the Pacific took part in a community radio broadcast, hosted by femLINKpacific’s Generation Next young women volunteers, in Nausori, Fiji.
UN Women Regional Programme Director, Elzira Sagynbaeva, came with a clear message that UN Women’s top priorities globally are increasing women’s economic empowerment and political leadership and participation.
“The world cannot afford to continue marginalizing rural women and girls - all issues from climate change to political and economic stability can only be solved with the full empowerment and participation of the world’s women” said Ms Sagynbaeva.
Rural women and girls comprise 1 in 4 women worldwide, and they work long hours with little or no pay. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that rural women work as many as 16 to 18 hours per day, doing fieldwork as well as handling all their domestic responsibilities. However, they face some of the worst inequalities in access to social services and land and other productive assets.
Two Generation Next volunteers, Ms Tamara Balenaveikau and Ms Siân Rolls, conducted the interview, which will be aired on Fiji’s MaiTV.
femLINKpacific is a media-based women’s organization in Fiji, whose focus is to provide women with information and is in advocating and raising awareness on women, peace and security issues. A total of ten young women make up femLINKpacific’s Generation Next team.