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Equality to women

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, June 27, 2014

WHILE there has been a lot of awareness on the airwaves and in newspapers regarding women's equality, there are still fundamental areas in which women are still discriminated against.

This is the view of women's director at the Ministry for Women and Social Welfare, Arieta Moceica.

Mrs Moceica was addressing about 600 youths who gathered at the Vodafone Arena for the National Youth and Sports Conference and told them there was still work to be done before women were truly equal with men.

"Although there is a lot of awareness in the media concerning the treatment of women, there is still a high level of discrimination across the country," she said.

The participants were challenged to think on the issue of inequality and reflect on the "Why Women Should matter"?

In a statement from the conference Mrs Moceica said women made up 50 per cent of the population — at the same time gave new life, took care of family members while at the same time acted as custodians of cultural knowledge.

"Yet they are still considered less important than men. Women are absent from decision-making forums within villages and are absent from many male dominated roles within the workplace."

Mrs Moceica also encouraged them to be agents of change in their communities and correct the centuries old injustices of inequality.

"You have a responsibility to say no, enough is enough.

"Women deserve the right to education so they can give back to the community.

"Women deserve a safe environment in which they can give birth.

"Women have a right to be free of violence and make their own choices. Women deserve to make a change to this nation just as much as men.

"The solution to this is men and women working together to create a sustainable development and appreciate one another in life."


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