On 9 – 13 October 2023, Sista’s Executive Director, Communications & Advocacy Coordinator and We Rise Communications Officer attended the We Rise Coalition 3 Strategic Planning Retreat in Nadi where they met with the siSTARS from Brown Girl Woke, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, Voice For Change – Jiwaka,PNG, femLINKpacific and International Women’s Development Agency – IWDA!

It was another great learning experience for the team as it was a chance for everyone to reflect on their journey throughout the We Rise Coalition, what they envision for the next phase – We Rise 4 – to share their experiences in the We Rise Coalition and how it has shaped their organisation’s way of working, and of course, how we can continue to strengthen the feminist movement at the national and regional level.

Last week was also an opportunity to formally introduce the We Rise Coalition Communications Officer, Ms Josepheen Tarianga! She spent the week meeting everyone, absorbing as much information as she could and build relationships with everyone in the Coalition. We’re excited to see her shine light on the amazing work everyone in We Rise is doing, and the movement we’re trying to create in the Pacific.

We Rise Coalition is comprised of several feminist organizations across the Pacific, with the vision to develop, demonstrate and strengthen feminist coalitions and partnerships in order to grow and uphold inclusive governance, equality, diversity, justice and women’s human rights. At the centre of the We Rise Coalition is a commitment to building and sustaining women’s collective power through movements. While resistance or rebellion by individual women is easy to quash or isolate, the We Rise Coalition believe that strategic resistance, acting together on a common agenda of change, is not easily suppressed!

Thank you We Rise Coalition and International Women’s Development Agency – IWDA for making this retreat possible! The team at Sista are excited to continue the We Rise journey with you all!

Take a look at some of the photos from the retreat: