Government commits to gender equality

March 8, 2024 10:04 am

[Source: Fiji Government/ Facebook]

The crimes against women and girls continue to increase at an alarming rate particularly sexual assault and domestic violence despite improvements in the status of women, says Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka.

In his statement on International Women’s Day Rabuka highlights the efforts of the Women’s Ministry in spearheading the National Action Plan to prevent violence against women and girls.

He adds that the National Action has already been allocated $1 million from the Government and $6 million from the Australian Government for its implementation to prevent violence against women and girls.

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“We thank the Australian Government through the Vuvale partnership arrangement for the generous support. This plan is the first of the two five-year plans that lay the groundwork for government to prevent violence against women and girls.”

Rabuka further highlights that the stark reality the majority of Women are marginalized and are living below the poverty line cannot be ignored.

He adds the challenge demands urgent action and attention.

Rabuka adds the government’s commitment to empowering women is not just a matter of human rights but a crucial step towards eradicating poverty and building a more equitable society.

“It is unacceptable that despite our women’s increasing achievement in higher education, they remain unjustly underrepresented in the low-income occupations and very few have the managerial level.”

The Prime Minister says that it is vital to ensure that women have equal access to financial resources, business opportunities, and the necessary support system to compete effectively in the labour market.

Rabuka says the government initiatives will consider the unique needs, knowledge, and potential of Women and girls.