Women in rural and urban communities across the country will now have their concerns integrated into national plans and policies.
The Minister for Women and Children, Mereseini Vuniwaqa highlighted this while speaking at the opening of the Beijing Platform for Action Forum at GPH today.
The Beijing Platform for Action is a landmark document for advancing the rights of women and gender equality worldwide.
Vuniwaqa says that the Forum is crucial because there is a lot of evidence that shows that there is still a lot of work for us to do in this area.
The Minister adds that these areas are evident in the high rates of violence against women, the lack of sex-disaggregated data to inform sound policies across the various sectors of the economy, the need to further improve women's economic participation and the need to expedite better access to justice.
Vuniwaqa also highlighted that a Steering Committee will be allocated to collect data and conduct research leading up to the submission of Fiji’s Beijing Platform for Action +25 Progress Report due on the 31st of May which shall include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the agreements of women’s rights and women’s empowerment.
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