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Women, Children’s Needs In Response Plan

The needs of women and children in disaster response management will be better monitored under a new agreement. Signed yesterday, the agreement was between the Ministry of Women, Children and
10 Sep 2015 11:45
Women, Children’s Needs In Response Plan
UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Akiko Fuji (seconds from left), with Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta, during the signing of the agreement yesterday. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

The needs of women and children in disaster response management will be better monitored under a new agreement.

Signed yesterday, the agreement was between the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, the United Nations Development Programme and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation will take the lead role under the scope of  Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management.

They will also be taking a lead role in the integration of gender into climate change and disaster risk management work in Fiji.

UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Akiko Fuji was grateful for the ministry offer to take the lead role.

“The ministry with its primarily area of responsibility being for the women, children and people with disabilities is therefore best placed to facilitate the meaningful integration of their needs in development and climate change and disaster risk management,” he said.

DFAT Counsellor-Bilateral, Joanne Choe said Australia was a strong and committed partner and reflected the focus of the needy and vulnerable.

“We are here to work in partnership for gender equality and social inclusion,” she said.

“The role of women in terms of disasters also needs to be utilised and we are here to recognise the contribution of women as well.”

The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry, Dr Josefa Koroivueta, hopes they could assist the Government of Fiji through the ministry to ensure that gender and social inclusion considerations were integrated into policy advocacy.

Feedback: farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 



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