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Etika’s Activity Report

Summary Report from 2012 to 2016
Fiji Islands

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Eve Naqio

Former Duskin 13th Trainee

Arrive in Fiji from Japan after Duskin Trainee

  • In 2012 - UNICEF Pacific to be a ambassador for three month which is force on young people and broadcasters from Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the Republic of the Marshal Islands created media productions for, with and about youth and children, promoting action on climate change, violence, sexual health, healthy eating and school attendance.
  • Facebook – One Talk 4 All – Solomon Islands
  • YouTube – One Talk 4 All – Solomon Islands (Violence against Women and Children) , (Violence TVC Web)
  • Podomatic – One Talk 4 All – SI’s Podcast
  • Twitter – One Talk 4 All - Violence against Women and Children
  • Flickr – One Talk 4 All – Violence against Women and Children
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Work at the Fiji Association of the Deaf for Project Officer/Account Officer from 2012 to 2013

  • Lobbying to the Government on CRPD working with Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation and the Pacific Disability Forum.
  • Official Deaf Sports Association of Fiji to take part in Athletics and Table Tennis.
  • Task on Proposal Grant for the Fiji Association of the Deaf.
  • Rep Fiji Association of the Deaf Attend in any workshop and Congress.

Rep Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation Team Attend the Congress( Picture with Chief Guest Speaker of Parliament, Honorable Dr Jiko Luveni)

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Participation in the Fiji Games and National Disable Games

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Triennial Conference of the Pacific Women and Pacific women’s Ministerial Meeting - 2013

  • From 20 to 24 October 2013, more than 200 people met in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, to discuss how commitments towards gender equality in the region have progressed. The overall aim of the conference was to bring together government ministers and senior decision makers, development partners, research institutions and civil society organisations to review and develop strategies for accelerating progress in the achievement of gender equality and women’s human rights in our region. This is line with The Revised Pacific Platform for Action on Advancement of Women and Gender Equality 2005 to 2015 and the regional commitments on gender equality, including most recently the Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration of 2012.
  • Young Fiji rights advocate calls for 'awareness with respect‘ Updated 7 February 2014, 11:55 AEDT Disability and human rights advocate Eve Naqio has probably faced more than her share of challenges and discrimination, but she's determined to make a difference.
  • Audio: Eve Naqio speaks with Heather Jarvis via an interpreter Ms Naqio is a young woman who happens to be both transgender and deaf.  And she's determined to have her opinions and ideas heard, whether it be on disability issues or the discrimination faced by people from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) communities in the Pacific. She says it’s important to show how all people, regardless of disability or sexual orientation can contribute to society. "I'm happy to be serving and to be talking about sexual orientation, about our rights.  I'd like to be making an impact out there on behalf of my deaf friends as well as other young women.  It's important to be making an awareness out there.  I would like to pass on that information.“ When it comes to ideas on improving access and services for the deaf, Ms Naqio has her own personal experience to draw upon.

"From my experience, when I was small and growing up I went to a mainstream school and we had interpreters.  And it was quite new for other students who didn't know about interpreters and deaf students enrolled in mainstream schools.  But it was an eye-opening experience for most students and teachers as I was one of the first students who had an interpreter service in the classroom."

She says it’s important to include the needs of people with disabilities when looking at building codes.  Wheelchair access is essential, along with interpreters if required, and accessible classroom materials - for example Braille texts for people who are visually impaired.  It's also important for teachers to work together with the Ministry of Education so that disability access is implemented in education policies.'

It was during her time at school when Ms Naqio began to realize that her sexual orientation was different to most others, and where people began to talk, sometimes in a hurtful and discriminatory way.

"I was in high school and people just started . . . they didn't ask me directly but I knew the other students were talking about me, but I know that I had an interest on other males. I'm deaf as well so it doesn't make much difference . . . because I know that there may be discrimination but a person needs to know how to advocate for themselves, and I have to have a thick skin, I don't want to really take in what people say.  But I know from my travels, and from the workshops that I've attended that I've become more mature, and I've learnt how to take care of myself."

She says forums such as the Pacific Women's Triennial Conference, held last year in Cook Islands, offer a good opportunity to make decision makers aware of how access to services in areas such in sexual and reproductive health and rights can be improved to meet the needs of LGBTIQ people.

"I'm glad that this kind of a platform is a place where we can bring together as young women, regardless of our sexual orientation, that we can bring up issues that concern us.   . . . We also have our Pacific culture to consider, but to do it in a diplomatic way.  This is a very good place to bring up these kinds of issues because we need the support of the government, getting access to these kinds of services, it's really important that it's made accessible for all women, and everybody in that case."

In her drive for change, Ms Naqio is inspired by the work of other young leaders as well as her own personal experience, which includes the support of her family.

"First and foremost it’s knowing about what you hold dear to your heart, and knowing your rights as a person, as a human being, and respecting each other.  So this is something that I see that we have in common with other young leaders here, and voicing our concerns together, we know that it can be powerful (working together) to get the attention of our leaders, of our ministers our government delegations here."

"Sometimes I'm frustrated when people don't get to hear me and they don't consider what I'm trying to talk about.   But I've learnt to find my way through, and it’s important to make an awareness with respect.  If we have respect it's good, and I really don't want to be looking at the negative side of things."

Presenter: Heather Jarvis

Speaker: Eve Naqio, Executive Committee member of Oceania Pride & Advocacy Officer at the Fiji Association of the Deaf.

Eve Naqio spoke with Heather Jarvis at the Twelfth Triennial Conference of Pacific Women in Rarotonga, Cook Islands.  She is also a member of the Pacific Young Women's Leadership Alliance (PYWLA)

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Eve Naqio says she wants to make an impact on behalf of her deaf friends as well as other young women (Credit: ABC) 

Fiji Disabled People Federation Youth President 2012 to 2014

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Fiji Election Day - 2014

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I put into practice T.V News program before ready to display T.V Fiji Election Day

Invite me to be Chief Guest speech at the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Fiji

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Adi Senikau Pageant - (Miss Bat Fiji) 2014

  • Pacific Adi Senikau Competition
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First ever deaf transgender to be part of Adi Senikau Pageant 2014

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As a Youth Attorney General -Speech in the Fiji Parliament (Fijian Young Parliament)

  • My name is Etika Ve Naqio commonly known as Eve Naqio, I’m hail from Lovoni, Ovalau currently serving on a number of Youth Boards within the disability sector.

As a deafness transgender individual I have had a strong voice in terms of advocacy work and for Persons with Disabilities and in addressing a lot our issues, I have also played key roles in Youth Work, Women issues and LGBTIQA+ empowerment and as a young transgender I am a proud member of the LGBTIQA+ community I’m here to hopefully make a change in mind set and bring about more understanding towards the marginalized disadvantaged within our community and thus taking inclusiveness to a whole new level.

The issues I bring with me to tabled at this forum is disability inclusiveness in everyday life and how reasonable adjustments make life so much easier and fully accessible for an individual living with some form of limitations. The simple things like ensuring that all buildings are made accessible for everyone, e.g. Having guide rails for the visually impaired and brailed buttons. Having wheelchair ramps and lifts within all building with more then 2 levels for individuals who are wheelchair bound, and also having professional disability support services provided as part of government services. I strongly feel that with a change in mind set and attitude we can ensure equal participation and a good quality of life for all regardless of your age, your educational background your religion, race, creed, color, gender or disability.

The simple solution to all this, is basically acceptance and tolerance towards all individuals and giving everyone the right and freedom to live an active and whole life free from any form of abuse and limitations. Together we can make this happen.

Hon Speaker I thank that Honorable House for giving me the opportunity to speak. Thank You.

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Australia Pacific Technical Collage – Certificate IV Youth Worker and Student Representative 2014 – Graduation Day

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As a Sign Language Lecture to speech for Sign Language Students Graduation Day with Chief Guest Attorney General Honorable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

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There are about 100 Sign Language Students get Graduate and the qualify are 20 Sign Language Interpreters Profession in Fiji.

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Presentation on Deaf Culture to the Sign Language Students, Awareness outreach and trip around the country.

3rd Pacific Islands Development Forum Leaders’ Summit

  • THEME - The theme for the Summit is “Building Climate Resilient Green Blue Pacific Economies.” The theme recognizes that climate change is of critical strategic importance to the Pacific. It has the potential to hold back economic progress, or reverse the gains made in our development, exacerbate social and economic problems and even totally destroy some of our communities. In order to minimize the impacts and maximize our opportunities in the face of such challenges, it is important that we embark on a climate resilient trajectory to a green economy leading to zero carbon development.

The Summit therefore will look at the actions on climate change we will need to take to deliver multiple co-benefits for the well-being of our communities and economies. We will look at how we can safeguard biodiversity and ecosystems services; ensure food, water and energy security; and support future socio-economic development by becoming climate resilient.

The Leaders of Government, Civil Society, and Business from the following Pacific Islands have being invited:
  • American Samoa
  • Cook Islands
  • French Polynesia
  • Guam
  • Kiribati
  • Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Northern Marianas
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Wallis and Fortuna
  • Fiji
  • Tokelau
Other countries beyond the Pacific are also being invited. Past attendees have included diplomatic representatives from the following:
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • EU
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Mexico Russia
  • Turkey
  • Venezuela
  • Australia
  • China
  • France
  • Indonesia
  • Korea
  • Morocco
  • Singapore
  • UAE
  • Belgium
  • Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Israel
  • Kuwait
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • UK
  • Canada
  • Cuba
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Qatar
  • Sri Lanka
  • USA

His Excellency General Thanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand.

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Talk about my experience in the Youth Parliament which is presentation video to the Women Parliament

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Australia Deaf Games 2016

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Won Gold Medal for Long Jump and Captain for Mixed Netball Team

Sailed on SV TENACIOUSU 22nd June to 26th June 2016

I want to talk about my experience on the boat accessible for persons with disabilities and the crew were very accommodating in terms of allowing me to showcase my skills at sea, how we respond to emergencies as well as how we interact as a team. With the selection and my late inclusion, I still feel this was a great opportunity as we were all given our tasks and everything was done in an orderly manner. I felt that given this same task on any boat and to work as a crew, we can achieve all odds and be as productive as any able bodies person. The right is actually real and we ought to push for more inclusion.

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Crew Team With Great British High Commission Hon. Roderick Drummond

Master Class for Social Media Training

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Rep Fiji Association of the Deaf attend the Master Class on Media Workshop Training Program which is to be inclusive for Deaf Interpret Profession into a Television advertisement program.

The Chief Guest Minister for women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa


  • Time management.
  • Working with sign language interpreters profession.
  • Lack of team work.
  • Lack of leaders active.
  • By that time, I was to share and feedback to the Executive Committee and Sub-Committee. This is how I challenge with them as a team work, some of them are inactivity but further I help them to get better to be active as well as leadership.

What’s next in 2017 ???

  • Currently, I’m study on LAW at the University of the South Pacific. My dream is to be a lawyer which is first ever deaf person and transgender in Fiji and the Pacific as well.
  • Still going on Training Athletics and Table Tennis before ready to competition at the South Pacific Disabled Games 2017 in Fiji by first ever host Fiji Paralympics, Special Olympics and Deaflympics.
  • Sign Language Interpreters skill/Professional Develop and continue with teaching Sign Language Class Program.
  • Begin working with former Duskin Trainee Team in Fiji, to gathering and get information from their report activity update as well.
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Find the News Paper and T.V News in Google and Youtube


I would like to thank you Duskin Team, AINOWA Sponsors, JSRPD Staff and to all Japanese people for allowing me to study in Japan for one year from 2011-2012 by the way, I will always remember how you helped me to get this wonderful opportunity and especially, thanks for making me famous . I hope you will continue working with us application form for the Duskin Leadership Training Program in Japan to the members of Deaf Association of Fiji as well as Pacific Islander in the future.

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Here picture, I’ve had my laptop since 2011-2012 and still using it until now 2017, Once again, I’m thankful for giving me the opportunity to be part of Duskin Leadership Trainee Program, Thank You.

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