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Vilimaina Naqelevuki
Saturday, February 24, 2018

THE UN Women's report Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development highlighted the gender-based discrimination that existed across all 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs).

For goal five, which focused on gender equality, the 2030 agenda promised to put an end to barriers that prevented women and girls from realising their full potential, however, it stated that significant challenges were ahead.

The report stated that statistics provided in the report under goal five showed that in Oceania, women held the lowest proportion of seats in national parliaments in the entire world.

"On average, across the region, women hold just 5.4 per cent of parliamentary seats," the report stated. Fiji is the only country in the region with the highest percentage of women in national parliaments, only 16 per cent."

UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka, in a statement, said the report's new data and analysis showed that the global community would not be able to keep its promise, unless progress on gender equality was accelerated. "As a world, we committed through the SDGs to leave no one behind and this report's new data and analysis underlines that, unless progress on gender equality is significantly accelerated, the global community will not be able to keep its promise.

"This is an urgent signal for action, and the report recommends the directions to follow."

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