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Vuniwaqa Heads Delegation To Meeting With Experts On Women’s Rights

Vuniwaqa Heads Delegation To Meeting With Experts On Women’s Rights
Seated front-left: Permanent Secretary for Women,Children and Poverty Alleviation Dr Josefa Koroivueta, Minister for Women,Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa, and Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Nazhat Shameem with the delegates bound for Geneva. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation
February 19
11:00 2018

The Minister for Women, Children and, Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa is heading an eight-member delegation to the 69th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva.

CEDAW is the body of independent experts that monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

The Fijian delegation will come before the UN CEDAW committee on Friday February 23rd, 2018 where they will be expected to defend and clarify further for the committee, matters pertaining to Fiji’s 5th State Report on CEDAW.

The CEDAW committee consists of 23 experts on women’s rights from around the world.

The eight-member delegation consists of the Minister for Women,Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon Mereseini Vuniwaqa, Permanent Secretary-Dr Josefa Koroivueta, Director for Women- Mrs Selai Korovusere,Principal Research Officer-Ms Amelia Nairoba, Senior Research Officer- Ms Aradhana Sharma, Dr Torika Tamani-National Advisor on Family Health, Ms Alumeci Tuisawau-Director Technology and Employment Skills Training with the Ministry of Education and Ms Seema Chand, senior legal officer with the Solicitor General’s Office.

In response to the Fijian Government’s fifth state report on CEDAW, our CSO’s also submitted to the committee a Shadow Report. In addition to responding to the issues raised by the committee from the two reports, the delegation is required to report in detail on the Fiji’s implementation of the instruments of the convention.

The delegation is in Geneva for a week.

Source: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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