WOMEN MEET IN VANUATU TO END DISCRIMINATION

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (June 4, 1999 - Radio Australia)---Delegates at the Asia Pacific women's development and law conference in Vanuatu have called for more progress towards the elimination of discrimination against women.

Fifty delegates from 20 countries took part in the conference.

Fijian delegate, Gina Huong Lee, says progress has been slow since the last United Nations women's conference examined the issue.

While there has been some progress in the last five years since Beijing has been endorsed and committed by our Governments, there still needs to be lot of progress and needs to be a lot of work carried out in various areas. The women identified four critical areas - health, political participation, economic and employment empowerment, and violence against women.

 

MORE PROGRESS REQUIRED FOR WOMEN'S EQUALITY IN PACIFIC, SAYS CONFERENCE

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (June 7, 1999 - Radio Australia)---A conference reviewing the U-N Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women has ended in Vanuatu, saying there's still a lot of work to be done to bring equality. More than 50 delegates from 20 countries in the Asia Pacific region reviewed the convention, the first such review since the Beijing conference five years ago.

Fiji's delegate, Gina Houng Lee says the conference identified key areas where women are still way behind, and swapped experiences across the Asia Pacific region:

"The four areas that were identified were health, political participation, economic and employment empowerment and violence against women. In India they identified problems in relation to dowry debts; and yet in the Pacific we could pick up on issues such as bride price, so there was some sort of commonality and sharing of experiences - how can we address these issues."

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