HIV workplace policy formulation initiatives in Fiji

Nation wide training programmes to raise awareness on the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and build-capacity within different public sector organizations

The Ministry of Labour and the Fiji Red Cross Society in collaboration with the ILO/SPC Pacific Island Workplaces Combating HIV and AIDS Project have been conducting nation wide training programmes to raise awareness on the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and build-capacity with prison inmates. This has resulted in the drafting of a HIV workplace policy for the Fiji Corrections Services.

The involvement of the inmates in policy consultations is a milestone in itself. In the hotels sector, a HIV & Gender workshop was held to raise awareness on the importance of gender and its role in HIV. Management and staff from a cross-section of departments in the hotel industry participated and have pledged their support to draft a HIV Workplace policy for participating hotels. This will be followed up in the New Year.