Accessibility and connectivity critical for rural women: Vuniwaqa

Fiji's Minister for Women Mereseini Vuniwaqa delivers her address at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York this week. Picture: SUPPLIED

Fiji's Minister for Women Mereseini Vuniwaqa delivers her address at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York this week. Picture: SUPPLIED

Update: 2:09PM RURAL Fijian women make up 48.1 per cent of the rural Fijian population and 21.2 per cent of the nation’s population.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa noted this statistic while delivering Fiji’s statement on the Status of Women on ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Achieving Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls’  at the 62nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York this week.

“When we consider the fact that Fiji is made up of over 300 islands and that rural women and girls reside over at least a hundred of those islands, accessibility and connectivity to services become a critical consideration,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

She invited the CSW and the distinguished delegates present to take advantage of the Talanoa Dialogue and to use that medium to amplify the voices of women in our different countries by making submissions through the online portal.

Mrs Vuniwaqa will deliver the opening statement at the side event on General Recommendation 37 of Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Gender-Related Dimensions of Disaster Risk Reduction in the Context of Climate Change later today.

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