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Database Of Women Leaders Ready: femLINK

  There is no improvement in the participation of women in local government, according to Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, femLINK Pacific executive producer and director. “The women’s movement has been waiting. In
08 Mar 2017 11:00
Database Of Women Leaders Ready: femLINK
Executive director and producer Femlink Sharon Bhagwan Rolls raises an issue while conducting the Womens Weather Watch National Consultation workshop at the Holiday Inn yesterday.Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

 

There is no improvement in the participation of women in local government, according to Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, femLINK Pacific executive producer and director.

“The women’s movement has been waiting. In fact, our first consultation last February immediately three weeks after Tropical Cyclone Winston, we provided the database of women leaders so did the Women’s Leadership Forum.

“Women’s leadership is out there. It is not just about an individual woman but women with the support of other women – so women whose capacities have been built up all along,” said Ms Bhagwan-Rolls.

On Monday was their first National Women’s Human Security First: Women’s Weather Watch Consultation in 2017 at Holiday Inn Suva.

Ms Bhagwan-Rolls said since February last year, they had not seen any shifts in terms of increasing the participation and representing of women at local governance level, particularly the district councils and divisional planning committees.

“We are moving forward but we also feel that in order to move the gender equality agenda forward, the Government must be building on the leadership of women in this country to be in compliance with their gender and equality commitments.”

She said resilience was not just an activity but rather, taking a look through the gender lens, women’s weather watch lens and through what women were saying to drive development and the economy forward.

“The first national consultation is this year. In 2016, we convened a series of three national consultations despite TC Winston.”

She said the consultation brought a number of recommendations around national development and national budgets.

The organisation’s strategies do not need to be changed despite the lack of improvement in the participation, Ms Bhagwan-Rolls said.

“As an organisation with the three rural conveners, we are organising and building women’s capacities every month. The Government knows where these women are. They are on our database, on our website.

“What needs to change is we would like to hear from Government, what is their commitment of balancing the scales of decision making? What are they going to do to be able to meet that minimum of 30 per cent,” she questioned.

Their plan this year is to continue to do what they have been previously doing – which is to empower women to take leadership roles.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

Feedback: monica.aguilar@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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