This project will provide technical assistance to the Government of Fiji to strengthen and develop knowledge and technical skills on gender analysis and gender-responsive programming and budgeting across multiple sectors and government agencies in Fiji.
Coordinated through the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation (MWCPA) – the national/central gender policy-coordinating unit within the government and Fiji’s National Women’s Machinery – and in coordination with civil society organization Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM), the project will provide technical assistance through the development of sector-specific gender analyses and knowledge products, including:
- rapid gender analyses across selected sectors: trade and tourism, education, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, youth, economy, and law enforcement;
- animated videos on transformative gender mainstreaming approaches;
- training of trainers; and
- sector-specific training sessions for Gender Mainstreaming Action Groups.
The project will ultimately aim to equip the MWCPA with the tools, knowledge products, and capacity to support them in fulfilling their mandate as a catalyst for gender mainstreaming across government agencies.
Problem Being Addressed by CTIF
The Government of Fiji recognizes that achieving the goal of gender equality is not a straightforward or simple path that can be taken alone or made with a checklist or one-off intervention. It is a process that requires partnership, transformative approaches, new ways of working/solutions, improved data, and a commitment to foster an enabling policy, budgetary, and institutional environment.
Given that there are already a number of past and ongoing initiatives in Fiji on gender mainstreaming, gender budget analysis, and others, what this TA hopes to do is to complement these broader initiatives by providing experts to design sector-specific training materials and knowledge products, and deliver associated training workshops, to support continuous gender mainstreaming promotion and implementation.
If more inclusive and pro-women policies, programs, and budgets are adopted and implemented in Fiji, then women’s economic and social empowerment can be promoted not only across a wider range of sectors, but also in every aspect of life.