Project Name: UNSCR 1325: Women, Peace and Security
Funding Body: AusAID Canberra
Partner: FemLINK PACIFIC
Duration: 2007 to date
This is a media project in partnership with Fiji, Bouganville, Solomon Is. and Tonga. It is aims at the promotion of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325: Women Peace and Security. It started in 2007 through a telephone call from Sharon Rolls, Executive Director of FemLINK PACIFIC to MFF President straight after the riots on 16/11/2006. The partnership was built on peace building and it is to recognise women skills and experience in peace building. It is a media program and partners were to interview and document stories of women in the community. The stories would be shared amongst partners and people in their respective countries through the femLINK PACIFIC monthly journals. The documentation is also targeted at the Policy level and decision making.
There is a young correspondent who is employed by femLINK PACIFIC and tasked with the interviews and the documentation of women’s stories and have the stories sent to the Community Media Centre in Suva / femLINK PACIFIC. MFF houses oversees the work of this young correspondent.
In 2011, we in partnership with FemLINK PACIFIC were able to secure funding for a new radio with Canada Fund. The radio is FM 98, Le’o ‘o e Kakai and it was opened by the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano on the 12 March 2012. This radio opens only twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm and the purpose of the radio is to air women’s stories and also to promote UNSCR 1325.
Generation Next: April 2011
Under the supervision of the young correspondent for the above project, she is also tasked to train and build the capacity of eight young women to assist her in the collecting of the stories from the community and also train the Generation Next to become operators, producers and production of the Community Radio for Tonga.
In addition to roles of the Generation Next it is anticipated that these young women will be trained and developed in knowledge and skills that will one day enable them to participate in the decision making levels of our society.
Community Radio for Tonga – Le’o ‘o e Kakai
This is the newest project under MFF in partnership with femLINK PACIFIC who provided technical assistance for the implementation of the First Women led Community Radio Station for Tonga. This project was made possible with the financial assistance of the Canada Fund. The new radio station will serve as a platform for peace building by women connected to women and to the community through their stories and issues. It is hoped that it will target government to hear and learn from women themselves who will be able to share their issues on air.