Fiji’s SODELPA Aims To Include More Women In Party

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Fiji’s SODELPA Aims To Include More Women In Party Party hopes to attract women and youth, but won’t reserve seats

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 26, 2013) – Fiji’s Social Democratic Leadership Party (SODELPA) is aiming for 30 percent of its election candidates and party leaders to be women, but it will not be reserving places for them in its election line-up.

SODELPA’s General Secretary, Pio Tabaiwalu, says the party has decided against reserved places for women because it felt women should compete on an equal ground with men.

He says women are showing a lot of interest in standing but it is proving hard to attract younger women.

"These are the women who are in professional work at the moment. You have to attract them out of that secure employment to politics and politics in Fiji is a very unstable profession."

Pio Tabaiwalu says the party plans to advertise next month to attract both women and young people to go forward as candidates, given youth will make up a huge proportion of voters at the next election.

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