Stakeholders to discuss Fiji’s progress on CEDAW

Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Jennifer Poole at the 2nd CEDAW Working Committee Meeting in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

A MEETING to uphold Fiji’s commitment to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) will be held by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

While speaking at a recent CEDAW meeting in Nadi, Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation permanent secretary Jennifer Poole said the next round of discussions would bring together all relevant stakeholders.

She explained that the discussions would focus on the various measures and areas that had been implemented by the Fijian Government to highlight Fiji’s progress in committing to the convention.

She said the importance of the CEDAW working committee was to provide the technical support and advice on the implementation of the 16 articles of the convention.

“Since Fiji’s ratification in 1995, Government through the co-ordination and administration of the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation has been providing periodic reports on the status of implementation and also in response to the concluding observations by the UN CEDAW committee,” she said.

“The committee is intended to convene on a periodic basis, in correspondence to the requirements of the convention and in adherence to its provisions and it brings together senior officials of key agencies within Government to consolidate efforts for strategic interventions on the implementation of the convention.

“The meeting will reflect Government’s position in upholding the rights of women and girls and in our commitment to ensuring equality for all.

“Promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment continues to be the overarching goal of the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation under the Department of Women, as it progressively upholds its mandate as policy adviser to Government on gender and women’s issues in Fiji.

“An administrator of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Fijian Government continually commits to the implementation of the convention’s provisions through legislative and policy frameworks; National Development Plan (5-year and 20-year) and the ministry’s National Strategic Plan (2018 to 2022).”

Ms Poole also acknowledged the support of the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Regional Right’s Resource Team for providing the facilitators for this meeting.

“This consultative preparatory work is a critical process towards the implementation of the 16 articles of the convention is progressing well.”

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