Originally recorded for presentation at the 2017 ACFID National Conference, this video features Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, Executive Producer – Director femLINKpacific, discussing women, peace and security in the Pacific. Sharon outlines the work of femLINK, framed around UNSCR1325 and centred on amplifying Pacific women’s voices, increasing women’s participation in peace and security, and localising the women, peace and security agenda in Fiji as well as with partners in Bougainville, Solomon Islands and Tonga. Sharon also raises the need for a human security approach, which recognises the important intersections between peace and security and development and humanitarian responses.
Sharon also covers the important role of women’s movements in building peace in Fiji during times of conflict and extreme violence – “you can’t talk about women, peace and security or women’s human security without that movement”. She goes on to discuss how a unified women, peace and security women’s movement came together in the Pacific and the important role this movement has played in bringing pacific women’s voices to the global stage.