AS Fiji celebrated 43 years of independence yesterday, organisations around the country expressed hope for Fiji to become a better nation.
The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre (FWCC) urged people to remember the true meaning of independence.
"We must not forget the importance of accountable democratic governance, the rule of law and human rights," FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali said in a statement.
"We must continue to strive towards building a country which is built on these ideals, and in which all citizens can enjoy all rights and freedoms."
The centre called on the government and members of the public to remember those in the country who are not as privileged as some.
Another organisation that wished for Fiji to continue to strive for unity was the Fiji Labour Party.
"We need to stand up to defend values and principles that we hold dear as a people," said party leader Mahendra Chaudhary in a statement.
He encouraged members of the public to mull over the development of the country in the past four decades.