FIJI TARGETS "ARCHAIC" BAN ON WOMEN IN BARS

SUVA, Fiji (fijivillage.com/PINA, Jan. 1) – Fiji’s Attorney-General Qoriniasi Bale said a law banning women from some bars is archaic and should be changed.

Since British colonial times, women have been barred from what are called "public bars" in Fiji hotels.

At one time "public bars" were common in Fiji hotels. But they have largely disappeared as drinking patterns changed.

In Fiji's main cities and towns, drinking is now mainly done in specialty bars, nightclubs and bars within hotels where there are no restrictions on women.

Bale said he will be working alongside the liquor act review commission to ensure a new act that incorporates existing laws like the Juvenile Act.

January 2, 2003

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