OUR WORK IN FIJI
Fiji has one of the most developed economies in the Pacific, based on strong tourism and sugar industries. However, recent political instability and the COVID-19 pandemic have slowed growth, and inequality means that around 30% of the population still live below the poverty line.
The COVID-19 lockdowns impacted marginalised groups, including women, people with caring roles and people living with disabilities. Thousands of Fijians lost their jobs, there was an increased burden of care placed on women and rates of gender-based violence escalated.
KEY AREAS OF WORK
OUR PROJECTS IN FIJI
Shifting Power Shifting Voice project
Nearly two in every three women in Fiji have experienced sexual or physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner. Oxfam is challenging harmful social norms and attitudes that hinder the economic development of women, LGBTQIA+ people, people living with disabilities, and other marginalised groups. This project also supports Fiji-based organisations to strengthen visibility, representation and economic empowerment for these groups. This project is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program.
Disaster Ready – Fiji
Fijians are exposed to a range of hazards, including tropical cyclones, storms, floods and earthquakes. This project works in partnership with The Pacific Disability Forum to ensure that people with disabilities are involved in activities to prepare and respond to slow and rapid onset disasters. This project is part of the Australian Government-supported Disaster READY program, which is working with local partners in the Pacific and Timor-Leste to strengthen their capability to respond to — and recover from — disasters.
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