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Development in Action Webinar Series

Gender and development in Fiji and the Pacific: A practitioner’s perspective

Date: 31/07/2024

Time: 09:00 – 10:00 (UK time)

Location: Online

Gender and development in Fiji and the Pacific: A practitioner’s perspective

In this webinar, Commonwealth Alumnus Kaushal Sharma will discuss her experience as a gender and development practitioner working on feminist movement building, intergenerational women’s leadership, gender equity, and disability and social inclusion in the Pacific context.  

Kaushal will share her professional and personal journey as an Indo-Fijian woman from a low income background learning about gender and development challenges in Fiji and her transition to become a practitioner. During the webinar, she will reflect on her work with diverse stakeholders on the development of Fiji Women’s Economic Empowerment National Action Plan.

This webinar will address the CSC development themes, Access, inclusion and opportunity.  The webinar will last for approximately one hour, including a Q&A session.

After the webinar, attendees are invited to stay online and participate in a 30-minute group discussion on the webinar topic to exchange ideas and knowledge, seek out collaborators for their own work, and promote their research in this area.

The CSC’s Development in Action webinar series provides an opportunity for Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni to present on their work and contribution to development across a range of contemporary global challenges and provide insight into ongoing research and action.

Open to all Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni, the monthly webinars will address one of the CSC’s six development themes and provide an opportunity for attendees to engage in real-time Q&A discussion on the topic presented.

You can watch previous webinars on the CSC’s YouTube channel.

Kaushal Sharma is the Founder of the Gender Agenda, a consultancy business focused on providing technical support on Gender and Development in Fiji and the Pacific.

Kaushal has vast experience of working across a spectrum of projects on gender, women’s rights, feminist movement building, capacity building, policy, and access to justice and women’s economic development.

Kaushal Sharma is a 2016 Commonwealth Scholar from Fiji. She completed a MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics and Political Science.