Sharon Bhagwan Rolls is Chairperson and Gender Liaison of the Board of Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, co-chair of Global Fund for Women Board of Directors, and a member of the Feminist Alliance on Rights coordinated by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership.
Sharon is a second-generation Fiji Island feminist working on the intersection of gender, media, communications, and peace by supporting the development and production of appropriate and accessible media.
She is a co-founder of FemLINKpacific, which emerged from the women-led Blue Ribbon Peace Vigil initiative in Fiji in 2000. Through her leadership FemLINK has developed a program infrastructure applying peacebuilding practice and a people’s communications for development approach to a regional women’s community media network. This has included supporting women’s participation and leadership at all levels of decision-making, including disaster risk reduction and humanitarian crises. The media network now supports the development and management of a range of media initiatives including the Pacific’s first women-led community radio network FemTALK as well as the innovative inter-operable Women’s Weather Watch information-communication system.
Sharon contributes to several global media and communications networks including as the current Pacific representative to the Board of the World Association of Christian Communication and as an Ambassador for the Global Media Monitoring Project. In 2004 she was a member of the United Nations Expert Group on Women and the Media.