WOMEN are still not recognised in the commercial sector in Fiji says Dr Nur Bano Ali, president of Women in Business (WIB).
Dr Ali said while some women in the commercial sector were taking huge strides in their roles as executives and business owners, there were still only a handful of women who were part of this trend.
She said Fiji lagged in women's economic empowerment.
"Fiji scored number 113 out of the 132 countries that participated in the Global Gender Gap Report 2012," she said.
"The World Economic forum introduced a Global Gender Index in 2006 which is a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress." Dr Ali said Fiji had signed up to the requisite global treaties for women agenda but lacked the monitoring aspect of this agenda.
"The rankings are designed to create greater awareness among a global audience of the challenges posed by gender gaps and the opportunities created by reducing them," she said.
She said WIB was working towards improving the contribution of women in business while maintaining the notion that women should be given equal recognition as any other business participant.
"Without women's participation in the business world, Fiji would be a lesser place as it would miss out on a very important and indeed intelligent resource pool much needed to enhance Fiji's socio-economic growth," she said.
The WIB awards night in March would be held in conjunction with World Women's Day celebrations.
Dr Ali said the awards night was a positive intervention to continue the education of members in society. She said Fiji had to action it through business and corporate plans which mandated the inclusion of women. WIB is still accepting nominations for the awards until February 11. She encouraged the public to nominate women to be recognised for their hard work.