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PDP: Women marginalised

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

WOMEN continue to be marginalised at all levels of decision-making, says the Peoples Democratic Party.

And while some achievements have been made, the party believes a lot more needs to be done.

Party acting president Adi Sivia Qoro said the party would give high priority to action issues such as violence against women, economic security and increasing women's participation in decision-making.

"Some initiatives are already provided for women in all these areas but have proved to be inadequate and are not necessarily serving the needs of women, especially in rural and marginalised areas and who do not have access to community based services," Adi Sivia said.

She said the provision of sewing machines did not address the strategic interests, which were considered by PDP to be of far more importance.

"The provision of sewing machines serves only to address the practical needs of women and to a large extent contributes to the perpetuation of the marginalised position of women within this country."

Adi Sivia said, if the party won the election, it would work with all ministries and departments to mainstream gender into national and sectoral level policy or programing including health, education, environment, agriculture, fisheries and law and justice.

"The PDP will also work with civil societies and women NGOs to extend the outreach of its services, particularly into areas where government cannot access.

"PDP will ensure that monitoring and evaluations mechanisms are put in place to assess the achievements made — that government must walk the talk."

She said PDP was committed to ensuring that Fiji's commitment to the regional and international conventions and agreements were adhered to.

"In all this, PDP is taking concrete steps and is committed to internal democracy within the party. PDP's constitution is committed to the mainstreaming of women and gender and has made it mandatory that 20 per cent youths and 30 per cent women are appointed as part of the decision making at the branch and national levels."

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