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More Women Being Recruited In Our Civil Service: Bainimarama

More women are being recruited into Fiji’s public service, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. The message was relayed by Mr Bainimarama when delivering his statement at the Global Leaders Meeting
29 Sep 2015 10:48
More Women Being Recruited In Our Civil Service: Bainimarama
From left: Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, President Anote Tong of Kiribati and Tuvaluan Foreign Minister Taukelina Finikaso in New York. Photo: DEPTFO News

More women are being recruited into Fiji’s public service, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The message was relayed by Mr Bainimarama when delivering his statement at the Global Leaders Meeting On Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment To Action at the United Nations Headquarters in New York yesterday.

“In our public service, all appointments are on a transparent and merit-based system which has resulted in the recruitment of more women,” he said.

He said he was also pleased to state that Fiji was currently leading the Pacific in the representation of women in Parliamentary.

“For the first time, Fiji has a female Speaker of Parliament. The secretary-general to Parliament and the secretary to Cabinet are also women and for the first time in Fiji’s history all these three positions are simultaneously held by women.”

In his Government he said, four women possessed significant ministerial portfolios.

He said over the last seven years, his Government had increased funding to the National Women’s Machinery, by some 320 per cent. The National Women’s Machinery will continue to be supported with adequate funding and human resources to strengthen their capacity to have a strong gender database that can better influence policy.

Government funding support to Small and Micro-Enterprises (SME) development to stimulate growth in the SME sector, he said, had increased substantially, and the criteria for project selection was based purely on the merit of the case.

“In the last round of grants to 10 districts within the country, 90 per cent of the recipients were women.”

For the second time this year, he said Government was funding the National Women’s Expo to celebrate International Rural Women’s Day with the theme: “Connecting Women to Markets- Making it Happen.”

“We have amended our criminal laws to make it modern and gender inclusive. We removed the archaic rules of corroboration of rape which stereotyped women and made it extremely difficult to secure convictions.

He said Fiji’s family laws had been amended to recognise the rights of women in de-facto relationships and Government had also introduced the first Domestic Violence law which among other things, allowed any person to apply for a domestic violence restraining order.

Mr Bainimarama laws that once offered women almost no protection were now a vestige of the past.

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