Viva Tatawaqa, Fiji As a young Pacific Island women from Fiji , the work on Climate Justice is something I hold very close to my heart and I relate my activism work on in an interlinkage approach. This began 5 years ago when I was part of the organising team for the Pacific Partnership … Continue reading My Ocean Matters !
The ocean is central to the lives of islander women and people of all ages and diversities. It is not outside us. It is in and of our bodies, minds and hearts. A great love. In the words of a great Pacific feminist poet Teresia Teaiwa, “We sweat and cry salt water, so we know … Continue reading Women Defending the Commons: Fiji Rural Diver says Protect the Ocean
Last week, the Pacific Climate Warriors launched the #HaveYourSei Campaign, on the Pacific Climate Warrior website. The campaign aims to highlight to the world, what climate change in the Pacific looks like and how inaction on climate change exacerbates that threat. A sei is a flower worn behind the ear. And now it's the … Continue reading DIVA supports #HaveYourSei Campaign
Suva, Fiji, 25 September 2017 At this year's UNFCCC 23rd Conference of the Parties in November 2017 in Bonn, Germany, work will continue toward a UNFCCC Gender Action Plan (GAP). This is a priority of Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality DIVA website and the Pacific Partnerships on Gender, Climate Change and Sustainable Development … Continue reading COP23 and a UNFCCC Gender Action Plan -Why it matters to Pacific Women!
I am a crew on a traditional sailing canoe, called the "Uto ni Yalo". I, with others, sail around our vast ocean advocating on sustainable sea transportation and the importance of the ocean to our life. To me the ocean is our life !! We are intricately connected !! I grew up not knowing much … Continue reading The Ocean is Our Life
I remember when I was young, and even till today, how people in my community would throw their rubbish into the drains and then, would stand back and watch as the water would carry the rubbish away. No one would give a thought, as to where these rubbish would ultimately end up at. The thought … Continue reading It all begins from Home
Climate change is a very personal issue especially for Maria Nailevu, having grown up in a rural and remote island, of Taveuni, an island located, north of Fiji. As a child, she has seen the many devastating impacts of disasters, whereby almost every year they experience cyclone and flooding, which today, continues to be … Continue reading Maria – Pacific Climate Justice Activist
Since 2014, a valuable developing set of local women led work in Fiji and the Pacific called Women Defend the Commons, Communities Defend the Commons including DIVA for Equality, Pacific Partnerships on Gender, Climate Change and Sustainable Development (PPGCCSD), PICAN, the Urgent Action Hub, Soqosoqo Vakamarama, Catholic Women's League and many others coming onboard every … Continue reading Women Defend the Commons