Equal access for women can address extreme poverty: Vuniwaqa

Fiji's Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa at the side event on achieving economic solvency for rural women at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting. Picture: SUPPLIED

Fiji's Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa at the side event on achieving economic solvency for rural women at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting. Picture: SUPPLIED

Update: 6:28PM WHEN rural women have equal access as men to resources, assets, services and economic opportunities, they become a key driving force against rural poverty.

Fiji’s Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa, who is currently in New York, made this comment while participating at a side event on achieving economic solvency for rural women at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting.

“Today, women leaders in national governments and businesses have the opportunity to discuss how national policies and multi-sectoral approaches may work to overcome extreme poverty for women,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

She highlighted some of the best practices that had been undertaken by the Fijian Government to support economic solvency and domestic violence highlighting Article 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which recognises the important place that rural women occupy in national development, and this must be addressed by national governments if we are to truly achieve the ultimate goal of gender equality and empowerment.

Mrs Vuniwaqa participated as a panelist and was joined by representatives from Canada, Chile, and Estonia.

All the panelists had a chance to share their experiences, challenges and best practices.

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