A WOMEN'S group says the inclusion of the rights of all Fijians, including women, in the Constitution is commendable.
The president of Tauvegavega Women's Group in Ba, Kelera Drodro, said women contributed towards national development and it was important that they read and understood the Constitution.
"The new Constitution treats everyone equally and there is no discrimination based on race or gender. Everyone is seen equally and for the first time, this is really encouraging," she said in a Ministry of Information statement.
Women's Minister Dr Jiko Luveni visited the Tauvegavega and Koronubu settlements last week and distributed copies of the Constitution to residents.
The statement stated people in the communities told the minister that for the first time, a Constitution had been put in place to directly assist them.
In the same statement, Koronubu district advisory councillor Deo Sharan said people in his settlement supported the Constitution and initiatives put in place by the government to assist farmers in Ba.
"Koronubu is well known for sugarcane farming and there are 765 sugarcane gangs, as well as vegetable and dairy farmers who work hard to support their day to day living. Koronubu is a multi-cultural community and everyone lives in peace and unity," Mr Sharan said.
"We are also thankful to the government for providing us with copies of the new Constitution in our vernacular languages.
"The bus fare scheme, social pension scheme and government's commitment towards addressing the plight of sugarcane farmers is commendable.
"We support the Bainimarama government and we hope to see this government continue for many years to come."
Dr Luveni told residents of the two settlements that it was important for them to understand the Constitution, saying she was delighted to get copies for them.
"The Constitution provides the way forward for us to work together for a sustainable future," she said.
"And I hope you all have registered to vote in the next elections as all of you have the right to vote and choose your leaders.
"For the first time ever, Fiji's Constitution has incorporated social issues, the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and those of the children and senior citizens is well captured and protected in the new Constitution."