Women in Parliament

HAVING more women in Parliament will ensure that there is greater accountability on gender equality in the national budget and national development plan particularly for rural women, says president of the Soqosoqo Vakamarama iTaukei Adi Finau Tabakaucoro.

“In April 2012, the Fiji Women’s Forum made history when we convened the inaugural Women’s Forum. We now want Fiji to make history by voting in at least 26 women into Parliament,” Adi Finau said.

During the International Women’s Day earlier this month, the Fiji Women’s Forum launched the hashtag #votewomenfiji2018 as a rallying call for voters in Fiji.

Fay Volatabu, general secretary of the National Council of Women Fiji, said women made up 50 per cent of the population and that they should make up 50 per cent of Parliament.

“This is the unfinished business since 1967, when women first got the right to vote in Fiji,” Ms Volatabu said.