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30% of females work in Ministry’s technical and scientific field

May 10, 2019 8:03 am
Workshop on Gender Action Plan held in partnership with REDD+ Fiji.

The Ministry of Forest has close to 30 percent of females working in the technical and scientific field.

Ministry permanent secretary Pene Baleinabuli says 30 years ago, there was hardly any female in the Ministry.

Baleinabuli adds this work has been achieved under the Gender Action Plan programme.

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In light of continuing to increase female participation at workplaces, a workshop on Gender Action Plan was held in partnership with REDD+ Fiji.

The Gender Action Plan, which aims to increase the participation of women in all United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change processes, seeks to increase awareness of and support for the development and effective implementation of gender-responsive climate policy at the regional, national and local levels.

Baleinabuli believes that these type of workshops are important and should be carried out in all workplaces.

“This type of workshop is fundamental and we need to put it in place because it is dealing with gender issues. I would strongly suggest that whilst we can gather all the knowledge, the experiences from other countries, we must be able to align all that to the national direction that Fiji is taking. Fiji is becoming a very modern, progressive and inclusive nation, it has documented the way it wants to move forward.”

The GAP workshop was attended by a representative from the World Bank, TEBTEBBA study on gender and the member of the Media.

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