Women advancement is of prime importance: Bhatnagar

Fiji's Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Veena Bhatnagar with the women of the Navuavua Women's Group in Ra on Saturday. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE advancement of women is of prime importance to the economy business, society and in our homes.

Fiji’s Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Veena Bhatnagar made this comment while handing over kitchen equipment to the Navuavua Women’s Group in Ra on Saturday.

“Women make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home,” Ms Bhatnagar said.

“But they also remain disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation. Gender discrimination means women often end up in insecure, low-wage jobs, and constitute a small minority of those in senior positions.”

She said the Department of Women had aligned its work from international commitments that supported women’s economic empowerment, including the Beijing Platform for Action and Convention on the Elimination of All forms of discrimination against Women on gender equality.

“We are working with men and women, youths and children in the familiar environment of their homes, villages and settlement to walk with government in our vision to bring prosperity, peace and progress.

“Discrimination has seeped into the everyday fabric of our lives and our values, shared beliefs of togetherness have eroded over time.”

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