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Empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex women in the Pacific

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Date: 27 June 2012

Members of the Rainbow Women's Network

Members of the Rainbow Women's Network

Since 2009, workshops by the Rainbow Women's Network (RWN) have been training marginalized women in Fijian communities. Supported by UN Women's Pacific Regional Facility Fund to end violence against women, it has helped more than 100 women deal with issues ranging from their sexual and gender identities, to HIV/AIDS awareness, violence and abuse.

RWN members include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) women, female ex-prisoners and sex workers. “The group has given me the space to talk about not only issues affecting my profession but also the risks involved, without fear, discrimination or ridicule, says Ms. Z, a Suva-based sex worker, who has faced frequent discrimination from the community in her hometown.

For the full story, visit UN Women's Pacific website.