Women leaders from rural areas east of Fiji's capital Suva and township of Nausori - representing 309 members of local women's clubs - endorsed the outcome statement of the historic Fiji Women's Forum of 12 April 2012. The endorsement came at the end of a three-day consultation on rural women, peace and security organized by FemLINKPACIFIC's Rural "1325" community media network in collaboration with the Fiji Women's Rights Movement. The event followed the recent Fiji Women's Forum to extend consultation on the upcoming constitution-making and electoral processes to rural women.
The outcome statement, inclusive of three interrelated pillars: respect for human rights, defining the role of the security forces and a rights-based, respectful, open and participatory constitution making process, was reaffirmed by the participants. During the consultation, the women also participated in an dialogue with local and national-level government officials. The consultation included the development of communication strategies, and the production of radio programmes for a community radio campaign (3-5 May). The activity was part of the broader Fiji activities of the Regional Women's Media and Policy Network on UN Security Council Resolution 1325, supported by the European Union, UNDP – Strengthening Capacities for Peace and Development Project, the Generation Next project which is supported by the International Women's Development Agency and Australia AID.
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