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Human Rights Activist Calls For Inclusive Polices

Human rights activist Miki Wali has called for policies such as the Na­tional Gender Policy to not be heteronormative. Rather, to have a very inclusive approach to ensure that no
11 Dec 2018 11:38
Human Rights Activist Calls For Inclusive Polices
Participants during the Annual World Human Rights Day march into Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva on December 10, 2018. Photo: Neelam Prasad

Human rights activist Miki Wali has called for policies such as the Na­tional Gender Policy to not be heteronormative. Rather, to have a very inclusive approach to ensure that no one is left behind.

Ms Wali was among the hundreds of people who turned up to par­ticipate in a march from Suva’s Rodwell Rd to Ratu Sukuna Park yesterday to commemorate Human Rights Day.

Heteronormative is denoting or relating to a world view that pro­motes heterosexuality as the nor­mal or preferred sexual orienta­tion.

The occasion also marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Dec­laration of Human Rights which was adopted by the UN General As­sembly in 1948.

“The march was about defending our rights and calling on the State to recognise human rights across all intersections and levels,” said Ms Wali.

“We also remember many of those who have lost their lives through violence, through murder and torture.”

She added transgender rights and the rights of other marginalized communities needed to be fully recognised.

“In a country like Fiji, that has a constitutional ban on non-discrim­ination on persons of diverse sexu­al orientation, gender identity and gender expression, what is needed is the implementation of the con­stitutional law across all policies,” she said.

“The system really needs to im­plement these laws through poli­cies and it should have an inclusive approach to ensure no one is left out.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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