The 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and 6th Meeting of Ministers for Women took place in Suva (Fiji) from 2 to 5 October 2017. The purpose of the Conference was to bring together decision-makers within Pacific governments, development partners, research institutions and civil society organisations to share experiences, reflect on the progress and challenges to date, identify strategic and practical measures and make recommendations to accelerate progress towards achieving gender equality and a full realisation of women’s human rights in our region.
One of the side events featured Vpride Foundation’s Gigi Baxter. The side event was called Telling our Stories – Socio-economic impacts of violence and discrimination against Pacific LBT Women, and gender non-conforming people, and Strategies for Change.
Gigi shared her story of how when she grew up dreaming of becoming a lawyer and marrying a wonderful man and living a glamorous life. She said that any hope of those dreams coming to life was dampened after being brutally bullied at school including physical violence. Gigi recalled how a group of students cornered her and beat her up while a teacher watched and did nothing. Due to the continued bullying, Gigi, like many LGBT persons, stopped going to school.
The side event was co-convened by the Pacific Sexual and Gender Diversity Network (PSGDN) and DIVA for Equality FIJI at the 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and 6th Meeting of Pacific Ministers for Women.
Thank you Gigi for sharing your story!
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