Women participation

ALL women have the right to be represented in the decision-making processes that affect their lives, says British High Commissioner to Fiji Melanie Hopkins.

Ms Hopkins said this during the Fiji Young Women’s Forum at the Friendly North Inn in Labasa over the weekend.

The workshop was funded by the Magna Carta Fund (MCF) for human rights and democracy through the British High Commission and was the first FYWF to be organised in the Northern Division.

“Women’s participation in political life makes policy making more inclusive and all women have a right to be represented in the decision-making processes that affect their lives and the United Kingdom is committed to promoting the participation of women in decision-making,” she said.

FemLINKpacific co-convener Alisia Evans said the rural-urban divide particularly in terms of access to information and communication was a consistent barrier that limited young rural women’s awareness of their basic human rights.

“This consultation is an opportunity to inform young women of their rights, support their capacity to exercise their rights as citizens, as well as hold government to account to their gender equality commitments in the national gender policy,” she said.

Emerging leaders forum co-convener Chandra Fisiiahi said: “Moving the forum to Labasa for the first time and marking six years since the first forum is a reflection of the co-convener’s commitment towards each other and the work we do.”

Twenty-two women attended the forum.

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