Communicating Participation, Prevention and Protection in the Pacific

Stream: Intersectionality in Practice: how can we ensure that research in the gendered violence field takes into account multiple levels of social inequality and injustice?
Date: Thursday, 12 February 2015
Time: 9.00 am – 10.30 am


Women must not be seen just as victims of gender-based armed violence. In the Pacific, they have played an integral role in disarmament, arms control, peace building and conflict prevention. Despite this, women have often been excluded from formal processes related to disarmament, arms control, peace building and conflict prevention. This presentation will highlight the role of feminist media networks and community media and non-violent communication practice as a practical form of action research which has resulted in not simply documenting the story of the victim, but also enabling women to claim the right to communication particularly to address the root causes of violence and prevention strategies.


Sharon Bhagwan Rolls (Presenter), Executive Director, FemLINKPACIFIC
Sharon Bhagwan Rolls is a Fiji Islander and the Executive Director of FemLINKPACIFIC. She is a Board member of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict and the Global Fund for Women, as well as a member of the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group and the Programme Management Group of the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS), and a Global Ambassador for the WACC (World Association for Christian Communication) Global Media Monitoring Project. Sharon has an acute interest and experience in media and women, peace and security policy. At the policy level, her work in recent years has seen her vigorously lobby formal and informal Government forums on communication rights and community media, and the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325) within the Forum Regional Security Committee of the Pacific Islands Forum and other regional inter-governmental organisations, as well as at the United Nations. Between 2010 and 2012, she coordinated civil society input into the development of the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (2012-2015). She is presently a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) member of the Pacific Islands Forum’s Regional Working Group on Women, Peace and Security tasked with overseeing the implementation of the action plan.