Alzima ‘Elly’ Bano, 27, member of the Fiji Young Women’s Forum as well as Youth Coordinator at the Citizens' Constitutional Forum (CCF), explains some of the problems facing young people in Fiji, including high unemployment and how the concept of ‘youth’ can exacerbate feelings of being marginalised and overlooked. She speaks about the importance of the upcoming elections and why she became a youth activist.
Sina Mario, 27, a Research Support Officer at CCF, speaks about what it's like for 'coup babies' to be brought up in a context where, after a series of four coups in less than two decades, living under a military government has come to be seen as normal. Referring to the results of a CCF attitudinal survey she outlines young people's thoughts on democracy in Fiji and their hopes for the elections.
David Whippy, 30, a Facilitator in Suva for the Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP), speaks about what it is like to be part of the Transition to Democracy team at PCP and the challenges that the current political climate presents for civil society organisations.
Watch a video produced by the Fiji Young Women's Forum exploring the issues they are concerned about here.
Read My Guide to Voting: Young Women's Voices Count here.
Read more about how Conciliation Resources supports the work of local civil society organisations in Fiji here.