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Ratu Epeli Questions Defence Club No-Women Rule, Vote

Fijian women have been empowered under the new Constitution, says former President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. He stressed this while addressing participants of the 17th Attorney-General’s Conference at the InterContinental Fiji
13 Dec 2015 19:41
Ratu Epeli Questions Defence Club No-Women Rule, Vote
Ratu Epeli Nailatikau

Fijian women have been empowered under the new Constitution, says former President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

He stressed this while addressing participants of the 17th Attorney-General’s Conference at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa at Natadola last night.

“The role and rights of women have been strengthened even further under the 2013 Constitution and I am proud that Fiji has taken the lead role in enhancing our legal framework to achieve this,” Ratu Epeli said.

“However, we still have a few ‘old minds’ among us who need to grapple with time and the advancements we have achieved in Fiji.”

The former President was referring to the Defence Club in Suva which was established in the early 1900s and whose constitution still does not allow women to acquire membership.

“The Defence Club recently held its annual general meeting where a motion was put to amend the constitution which was drawn in 1914 – over a hundred years – and that motion was defeated by two votes,” Ratu Epeli said.

“There are many other such cases in Fiji where archaic regulations are still in place.”

The Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum acknowledged Ratu Epeli’s sentiments saying that the issue was serious, especially with the Constitution clearly stipulating that there should be no discrimination and any person was allowed to enter clubs, restaurants, groups or public places. Source: DEPTFO News

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