More work, for women, girls’ rights

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EVIDENCE shows that there is still a lot of work to do in improving the lives of women and girls in the country, says Women’s Minister Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

While officiating at the opening of the Beijing Platform for Action +25 Review Forum at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday, she said Government had made itself accountable at international platforms to ensure Fiji fulfilled its commitments as best it could.

“This forum is also crucial because there are a lot of evidence that show that there is still a lot of work for us to do in this area,” she said.

“Evidences such as the high rates of violence against women, the lack of sex disaggregated data to inform sound policies across the various sectors of the economy, the large margin of difference in women’s political leadership, the lack of women’s equal participation in decision-making from community to organisational levels, the need to further improve women’s economic participation and the need to expedite better access to justice.”

She stressed how crucial the forum was as Fiji had taken huge strides in the areas of women empowerment and gender equality.

“A forum such as this is crucial because we owe it to our women to give them a life free of discrimination,” she said.

Mrs Vuniwaqa added the BAP +25 connected and reinforced the activism of women’s movements on a global scale.

Fiji will be submitting its third BPA+25 progress report this year.

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