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MOU signed to further uphold women’s rights and support services

May 6, 2019 4:07 pm
Minister for Women Mereseini Vuniwaqa with Sandra Bernklau from UN Women

The Ministry of Women is expected to have more projects that will include gender equality and ending violence against women.

This has been made possible following a memorandum of understanding that was signed today between the Ministry and UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office.

Minister Mereseini Vuniwaqa says this is a historic milestone that has binded them together in their work towards gender equality.

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This includes the elimination of violence against women and girls as well as improve women’s economic empowerment.

She adds it’s about working together to ensure evidence-based, collaborative approaches to best support the rights of women and girls in Fiji.

This includes the provision of quality services to support survivors of domestic violence while ensuring they are treated with the dignity, respect and care they deserve.

The partnership supports the mission of Ministry to ensure families and communities are supported through social welfare and gender mainstreaming programs.

In addition to ending violence against women and girls, the MOU covers areas which both the Fijian government and UN Women have determined as priorities for gender equality.

This includes women’s economic empowerment through the Markets for Change project, women and leadership, support to compliance with international gender equality commitments and ensuring that women and girls are not left behind during a disaster.

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