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Lack of Political Will In Region: Speaker

  The lack of political will to empower women beyond statements of policy and legislation remains an issue in the Pacific, says Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni. Dr Luveni
17 Aug 2016 09:18
Lack of  Political  Will In Region: Speaker
Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni with the participants of the Women's Parliament Fiji 2016 in Suva yesterday. Photo: Filipe Naigulevu

 

The lack of political will to empower women beyond statements of policy and legislation remains an issue in the Pacific, says Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni.

Dr Luveni made this statement while addressing the participants of the first ‘Women’s Parliament’ in Suva yesterday.

“Women are half the population yet we hold less than one-fifth of positions in national governments.

“They are still significantly outnumbered in the chambers of parliaments, in provincial councils, and they are often missing from negotiating tables where conflicts are to be resolved,” she said.

Dr Luveni said while we had eight elected women parliamentarians which was the highest in the Pacific region, the road to increased representation was still long.

“Women’s political participation, their role in civil society and government decision-making are key ingredients to building democracy,” she said.

“Democracy without the full participation of women is a contradiction to the practical application of international and national legislation in addressing gender equality globally.”

According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, women now hold almost 23 per cent of seats in parliaments worldwide.

She said the idea of a mock or practice Parliament for women drew on the very positive experiences that had been reported as a result of the national youth parliaments conducted previously.

The programme includes sessions with key stakeholders, including current parliamentarians and designed to ensure that it is not limited to so-called ‘women issues’.

It will cover topics such as economic development, natural resource management, and sustainable development.

Over 50 women participants from various sectors and organisations nation-wide are participating for the Women’s Parliament

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

Feedback:  filipe.naigulevu@fijisun.com.fj

 



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