August 17, 2015

FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund is a global, youth-led organisation which supports young feminist activists in their community participation and leadership endeavours.

Shazia Usman has been a part of Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) for many years, beginning as a research intern and then as a communications officer – a position she held for four years. She is also an alumni of the FWRM Emerging Leaders Forum, a program supported by IWDA’s Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women program.

Betty Barkha is also an FWRM Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni member and has been working with various youth and feminist based movements in the Asia-Pacific region on areas of education, peace-building, conflict resolution, sustainable and youth development. Having recently returned to Fiji after a work exchange program with APWLD, she was previously based in India working with Teach for India’s recruitment team whilst working on her Masters degree. In Fiji, she has been working with The Pacific Theological College examining Democratic trends and Challenges in Fiji and the Pacific and the UNDP Pacific Center with their Capacities for Peace and Development (CPAD) program in the Pacific. Currently her focus is on empowering grassroots women to be more resilient with respect to climate change and natural disasters in the Pacific.

Shazia and Betty’s ongoing activism has been recognised by FRIDA who have formally invited them to join their Advisory Committee, an offer they have embraced with enthusiasm. IWDA would like to congratulate Shazia and Betty on their appointments and celebrates the work of FLOW program partner FWRM!