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No to gender bias

Shayal Devi
Monday, May 05, 2014

NEWLY elected People's Democratic Party leader Felix Anthony says the party recognises the rights of women to social, economic and political equality and opposes gender discrimination.

Mr Anthony said this would form an integral part of their manifesto to be launched next month.

He added that the manifesto would ensure its policies, legislation, budget allocations and internal machinery are consistent with its commitment to gender equality.

"We will adopt temporary special measures to increase the representation of women in parliament and other decision-making bodies including government statutory bodies," he said.

"The PDP also believes that Fiji's youth have a right to engage in all areas of social, economic and political life, including decision- making.

"The party will develop policies that promote the education, training, up-skilling, re-skilling and employability of young people, as well as their active participation in civic and political life."

According to Mr Anthony, the PDP would also develop policies and legislation's that guaranteed the rights of children to education, safety, health and wellbeing.

"The PDP will improve the enforcement of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Fiji ratified in 1993.

"In keeping with its commitment to human rights, the PDP will develop policies that safeguard the rights of all persons with special needs too.

"The party will ensure that they are protected from discrimination, abuse and neglect and that they are able to enjoy equal rights to employment, housing, education, transportation, a safe environment and access to public areas and buildings."

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