Women’s representation promoted in gender workshop

: Participants at the Transformative Gender Equality and Social Inclusion workshop with Sally Waswo, First Secretary of Development of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (front row, 3rd from left in blue jaba), Edge Effect’s Lana Woolf (4th from left) and Fiji Women’s Rights Movement’s Executive Director Nalini Singh (2nd from right). Picture: SUPPLIED

THE vulnerability of women in all their diversity, and other sexual and gender minorities results from varying level of marginilisation.

These were the words of Executive Director for Fiji Women’s Rights Movement Nalini Singh during the two-day training workshop on Transformative Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) held in Suva.

Ms Singh said marignilization for these vulnerable groups exists within the family, community, faith, schools, workplaces, service delivery organizations, public spaces, and other institutional contexts.

“Existing GESI frameworks, policy and good practice guidelines frequently fail to address of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics as well as disabilities perhaps making tokenistic mention for the need to consult,” she said.

In a statement FWRM highlighted how the lack of consistent and sufficient policy commitment and program investment towards gender equality goals and support services for women has contributed to the poor status of women.

Lana Woolf from Edge Effect said however this was not new information as work by dedicated professionals of the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) focused on women and was ongoing.

“However, it has become more apparent that heteronormative, cisnormative and binary assumptions may exclude some women-identifying people from gender programs,” she said.

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