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Double Efforts For Women MPs: Luveni

Double Efforts For Women MPs: Luveni
International Day of Democracy discussion panelists (from left), head of EU delegation to Pacific Andrew Jacobs, Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni and UN resident co-ordinator Osnat Lubrani at Parliament House yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar
September 17
11:45 2015

We need to redouble our efforts to realize gender equality and empowerment of women in Parliament, says Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni.

She said the current Parliament had seen the increased participation of women to 16 per cent.

“If we are to achieve the internationally agreed target of 30 per cent women members in parliament by 2020 which should be our target at the next election we need to double our efforts to realization of gender equality and empowerment of women.”

“Similarly, we must make politics open to young people and to facilitate their increased representation in Parliament as well as their increase to the job market,” she said.

Luveni also said Parliament would do its utmost to take Parliament close to the people and accessible, accountable and effective, enabling the diverse components of society to express their will and participate in politics.

At a panel discussion yesterday, she pointed out that the last parliamentary year saw 38 bills, 212 oral questions, 24 written questions being tabled in the House.

She also said that eight international treaties were approved by Parliament.

Dr Luveni said that a total of 84.6 per cent of Fiji’s 591,101 registered voters voted in this particular election, a statistic that was very high by global standards.

She was speaking as part of a panel discussion that commemorated International Day for Democracy with the theme ‘Space for Civil Society.

It was held at at the Government Buildings complex in Suva on Tuesday.

The panelists were British High Commissioner, Roderick Drummond, the Head of the European Union Delegation for the Pacific, Ambassador, Andrew Jacobs, the chief of executive officer of Citizen’s Constitutional Forum, Sara Mataitawakilai, Fiji Women’s Right Movement director, Tara Chetty and USP leadership, governance and human rights program coordinator, Natasha Khan.

British High Commissioner, Roderick Drummond said it is clear from the history of the last few years, in particular the successful 2014 elections that Fiji is now on a very different and much more positive path.

It was jointly hosted by the British High Commission, Fijian Government and European Union.

Meanwhile, European Union head of delegation for the Pacific, Ambassador Andrew Jacobs said this year’s international day of democracy marked one year of return to parliamentary democracy and opening up of new spaces for civil society.



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