Crucial to uphold fundamental human rights of women and girls

Participants of the Beijing Platform for Action review forum held at the GPH in Suva today. Picture: VILIMAINA NAQELEVUKI

THE BEIJING Platform for Action +25 review forum is crucial because the Fijian Government has made commitments at various levels to improve quality of life for women and girls.

This was highlighted by Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa while officiating at the opening of the forum at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva today.

She said it was crucial to uphold the fundamental human rights of women and girls in Fiji.

“This forum is also crucial because there is a lot of evidence that shows that there is still a lot of work for us to do in this area,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

“Evidences such as the high rates of violence against women, the lack of sex-disaggregated data to inform sound policies across the various sectors of the economy, the large margin of difference in women’s political leadership, the lack of women’s equal participation in decision-making from community to organisational levels, the need to further improve women’s economic participation and the need to expedite better access to justice.”

Close to 50 participants from various government agencies, NGOs, faith-based organisations and UN agencies attended the forum today.

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