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Adi Vasulevu For Geneva UN Women Meeting

Fiji will be represented at an international conference addressing the Gender Dimension of Weather and Climate Services in Geneva, Switzerland this week. FemLINKPACIFIC executive director Sharon Bhagwan Rolls said FemLINKPACIFIC’s
03 Nov 2014 07:42
Adi Vasulevu For Geneva UN Women Meeting
Sharon Bahagwan-Rolls (third from right near screen), at the meeting of the 1325 Global Study advisory board held at UN Women last month. Photo: Ryan Brown

Fiji will be represented at an international conference addressing the Gender Dimension of Weather and Climate Services in Geneva, Switzerland this week.

FemLINKPACIFIC executive director Sharon Bhagwan Rolls said FemLINKPACIFIC’s rural convenor for Vanua Levu, Adi Vasulevu, will be travelling to Geneva with the support  from UNWomen.

She will share experiences which have been communicated by FemLINKPACIFIC’s rural community media network on issues ranging from disaster risk reduction-management, food and nutrition security, water management and information-communication systems

She said FemLINKPACIFIC’s Women’s Weather Watch and community radio campaign would be showcased as a good practices and a mean to empower women make inform decisions in the weather and climate-sensitive areas of food security, disaster risk reduction, water resources management and public health:

“Since 2005, FemLINKPACIFIC’s Women’s Weather Watch reports have provided a feminist analysis of the gaps in responses to natural disasters particularly at local level and how groups such as the elderly, women and children in rural and remote communities, as well as the disabled and minority groups are not accounted for within the formal processes of national disaster management systems, especially when they are not accounted, for the official statistics based on numbers in the evacuation centres. It is critical to provide the formal response systems with practical guidelines to ensure an inclusive approach to the development and implementation of mechanisms and infrastructure including for survivors of gender-based violence and those most at risk during times of natural disasters,” Ms Rolls said.

“This form of media activism emerged as a result of the network’s experiences dating back to the floods in Labasa, Fiji in 2004, which revealed the innovation of women in disaster preparedness and responses despite the disruptions to lives and livelihoods of families, and communities, but also that as a result of the regular climatic battering these communities are experiencing, women and their families not only experience physical damage, but also the emotional trauma of disruptions and displacements,” Ms Vasulevu said.

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