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Giving women a voice

Sherita Sharma
Monday, December 17, 2012

THE FIJI Women's Rights Movement (FWRM) is holding an information, education and communication (IEC) drive, bringing forth publications it has been working on for the past several months in the lead-up to Fiji's democratisation process.

The publication Balancing the Power: Promoting Women's political participation in Fiji through TSM's is also being promoted.

The Fiji Women's Forum that contributed to this publication identified the need to integrate the need for women to be represented at all levels of the democratisation process and that the constitution must integrate temporary special measures to promote 50 per cent women's political participation at national and local government levels.

Another publication the movement is showcasing is the Gender and the Constituent Assembly- Promoting Women's Political Participation in Fiji.

It draws attention to the need to include women in the decision-making process and emphasise the importance of having a gender balance in the membership of the Constituent Assembly and that the procedures and processes adopted are responsive to the realities of women and men.

FWRM is also promoting its publication Her Story which was funded by AusAID. The book chronicles the movement's history and documents the stories and experiences it has gone through in the past 25 years.

"The publication captures all the significant moments, which include our humble beginnings in 1986 after a need was identified by our sister organisation, the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre and some members of the Young Women's Christian Association to establish a lobbying group reforming laws that discriminated against women and girls," FWRM said.

FWRM has also come out with the newest issue of its newsletter Balance, titled Constitution Special, which outlines FWRM's activities such as its civic education training, monitoring and its own constitutional recommendations.

The publications are all available online on the FWRM website.





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