The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our lives – from the system level all the way down to our interactions with loved ones. Women’s Fund Fiji (the Fund) works with 38 grantee partners across Fiji. Throughout this challenging time, we have been in dialogue with our grantee partners, learning how COVID-19 has impacted their unique realities and what we as a funder can do to better meet their needs. In addition, the Fund has documented a feminist analysis of existing disparities in Fiji’s socio-economic and cultural fabric that the onset of COVID-19 has exacerbated.
This report begins by situating Fiji’s COVID-19 experiences with other regions, highlighting the similarities and also unique experiences from Fiji. Following this, we present the impacts of COVID-19 on feminist and women’s rights movements in Fiji over the 2020-2021 period: starting with our feminist analysis of existing disparities that COVID-19 has exacerbated, which frames our grantee partners experiences; then moving on to the key impact areas our grantee partners have highlighted – based on their reflections, learnings, and experiences with COVID-19 to date. The next section focuses on how our grantee partners and women’s rights and feminist movements in Fiji have responded to these impacts – summarising the shifts and adaptations, resilience, and new challenges faced. Finally, we present our key learnings and recommendations as we wade forward.