‘Without info, we are flying blindly’

Pacific Community's (SPC) director of Human Rights and Social Development Division, Miles Young. Picture: SPC

Without a broad range of relevant and updated information on the population, we as a country are flying blindly, says Pacific Community’s (SPC) director of Human Rights and Social Development Division, Miles Young.

Speaking at the launch of the inaugural Fiji Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2021 in Suva yesterday, he said the results would help Fiji steer itself better into the future.

“This is one of the main reasons for having the survey, it’s to see where the need of assistance is and to put focus and effort there,” Mr Young said.

“If we do not have a broad range of relevant and updated information on the population that we work with, then we as a country are flying blindly.”

During the launch, Mr Young touched on a few examples of the data collected from the MICS.

He said the report findings had data on mobile phone ownership was one measure of gender equality “since it provides women with the level of independence”.

“It was noted that more men than women own mobile phones, 84 per cent to 79 per cent.”

He also said SPC was looking forward to using the SDG indicators to support work in the human rights and gender equality spaces in the future.

The Fiji MICS was conducted by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics and Health Ministry with support from UNICEF from March to April last year.

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