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Government committed to gender goals

Talebula Kate
Monday, February 26, 2018

Update: 8:34PM THE Fijian Government is committed to the thorough implementation of the National Gender Policy and to continue to deliver its commitments under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa highlighted this in her submission to the committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Fiji�s 5th State Report.

The minister told the CEDAW committee the government recognises and provides specific constitutional protection to the 'invisible' minority in our Pacific island cultures, women of diverse or alternate lifestyles as it recognises the complexity of the intersecting discrimination faced by many of our women especially young women, due to cultural and religious biases.

She said the national budgetary allocation to her Ministry is indicative of the continued political will and commitment of the government to gender equality and the full realization of women's human rights.

She also indicated to the committee that the 14 per cent of women in Parliament is the highest women's leadership representation in Fiji�s history.

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