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Need to make wise decisions

Nasik Swami
Monday, March 03, 2014

YOUNG girls who are eligible to vote in this year's general election have been urged to make wise decisions.

This is the message from Fiji Women's Crisis Centre executive director Shamima Ali as a good number of the country's youths would be voting for the first time this year.

Ms Ali said youths, in particular young girls, should understand and criticise political party manifestos.

She said it was important for young girls to track old records of political parties.

"Young girls should attend rallies by political parties, ask questions and provide suggestions," Ms Ali said.

She said it was also vital to look for parties and politicians who respected democratic principles, human rights and the rule of law.

"Look for politicians who are non-racist and believe in a secular state."

She said young people should take into account the realities they needed such as adolescent health policies.

Things to look for when choosing a political party:

* Economic policies;

* Gender policy based on women's and girls human rights;

* Employment policies that provide for just wages;

* Environment policies around mining, mangroves and logging;

* Plan on accountability and transparency.

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