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Women's forum encourages election participation

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Monday, March 17, 2014

THE Fiji Young Women's Forum has adopted a declaration to reaffirm its commitment to encourage and support women's participation in the September general elections.

This was the main agenda discussed at the two-day forum which ended at the Novotel, Suva Lami Bay yesterday.

Organiser Tavai Bale said the young women of Fiji were concerned about the lack of inclusion of young women's voices, interests and needs in decision-making spaces.

"We hereby adopt this young women's declaration as an affirmation of our commitment to encouraging and supporting young women's participation in Fiji's national election," she said.

"The declaration is a political document which contains advancement for young women's representation, interest and needs. It sets out the critical issues faced by Fiji women and demands that political leaders address them throughout their manifestos and campaigns in local and national elections as well as post elections."

Parts of the declaration include:

* active, meaningful civil and political participation;

* access to sexual reproductive health and rights;

* ensure accountability and transparency; and

* peace, security and justice.

A number of representatives from organisations like the Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA), Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni (ELFA), Young Women Producers and Broadcasters, FemlinkPacific and the Young Women's Christian Association were part of the forum. The first-ever Young Women's Forum was held in November last year.

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