Fiji Launches National Gender Policy

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Effort to ‘help achieve gender equality’

By Dawn Gibson

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, March 10, 2014) – Last Thursday evening marked the inaugural launch of Fiji's very own National Gender Policy.

The policy, which was launched by one of its key contributors Nazhat Shameem, was hailed as something which would help achieve gender equality.

"As such the gender policy ... represents yet another significant step for our progress towards substantive gender equality," Ms Shameem said in her address.

"Fijian women who will be the beneficiaries of the policy should not forget the persons who were part of the consultation process and who took such an active part in ensuring that one day, men and women in Fiji will be equal in rights and in dignity and in opportunity."

Ms Shameem said as part of the project to piece the policy together, she had the opportunity to speak with different groups of people through numerous consultation processes.

"I learnt a great deal about concerns of these stakeholders, about views passionately held by many and about the complex relationships between civil society and partnerships between government and statutory organisations.

"Thus, this policy is their policy. They wrote it, each draft was circulated to them and each contribution was incorporated into the draft."

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