Women participation in Parliament

Lenora Qereqeretabua during the National Women in Politics seminar at St Joseph's Secondary School hall yesterday. Picture: RAMA

UNTIL and unless we have legislations in place to address gaps, only then can we move forward in terms of advancing women participation in Parliament.

This was highlighted by Opposition MP Salote Radrodro during the National Women in Politics forum held at the St Joseph’s Secondary School yesterday.
Mrs Radrodro said in order for women to advance in leadership positions, there must be a quota system in place in Parliament.
“With that I mean, temporary special measures which Samoa has adopted. They have accustomised their version of it to be able to get women into Parliament,” Mrs Radrorado said.
“Their version of it says that every time there’s an election, there has got to be five women in Parliament so if the election has churned out four, then they will exercise the TSM’s to bring in another one.”
Mrs Radrodo said this would be the way forward for Fiji.