Break Silence, Stop Violence, Says Dr Luveni
The Speaker of the Fijian Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni, has urged Pacific parliamentarians to do their best to “break the silence and stop the violence”.
Dr Luveni’s comments came at the closing dinner of the Pacific Women Parliamentary Partnership Forum in Suva last Saturday night.
“We are, and ought to be Champions of Change in our respective areas and spheres of work. We also need to break the silence and stop violence, and the time for that is NOW,” she said.
“One thing has come out clear and that is as legislators and representatives of the people, Parliamentarians are in a privileged position to make a difference.
“However, this can only be effective if there is meaningful, practical and results-oriented engagement with all stakeholders,” Dr Luveni said.
The Speaker acknowledged the Australian government, Australian Federal Parliament and all the State parliaments of Australia for their support in organising the event.
She took time to thank the male parliamentarians who were part of the forum.
“I personally acknowledge the male parliamentarians who joined us and contributed with much value to the discussions,” Dr Luveni added.
Attended by forum participants, members of the diplomatic corp, Cabinet ministers and invited guests, Dr Luveni encouraged participants to return home empowered and encouraged, and at the same time, challenged to implement strategies and mechanisms identified during the forum.
More than 30 women parliamentarians from the Pacific and 21 from the Australian and New Zealand parliaments attended the forum.