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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Gender is a critical dimension of parliamentary scrutiny. Considering laws, policies, programmes and budgets from a gender perspective ensures that they are fair to both men and women. This leads to better decision-making for everyone. This UNDP...
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Women in the interior of Naitasiri are proud to see a woman head the Fijian Parliament. According to a statement released by the Fijian Parliament Office, women from of Lutu Village in Naitasiri who met with the Speaker of the House, Dr. Jiko Luveni...
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Last month’s Fiji general election was historic because it brought about the first Parliament that has gathered in Fiji in eight years. But also because it set a new record for women representation, reports Asia-Pacific Journalism. Pacific Scoop:...
Monday, September 22, 2014
Since 1960, a section has existed in Government to look after the interests of women. In 1987, the Government established the Department for Women and Culture as the first national machinery for gender in Fiji. Following commitments to the Beijing...
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Fiji Women's Rights Movement acknowledged women candidates, young women voters, the elderly and those living with disability who were part of the election on Wednesday. The organisation congratulated all the candidates on their individual...
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls says Australia can help Pacific nations improve poor levels of female leadership. Natasha Stott-Despoja is the head of an Australian delegation to Tonga to meet about 30 women in politics from around the...
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
This was discussed at the Fiji Women’s Forum Candidate Strengthening Workshop in the Holiday Inn in Suva, today. Representatives from Political parties met to discuss and support the women candidates that have been announced or with the intention of...
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
NGO Women leaders attended a two day forum in Suva on 22-23 April, to discuss the role of women in relation to ‘Rethinking Development, Reshaping the Pacific We Want – Beyond 2015′. The discussions centred on how to progress the re-thinking agenda...
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
WOMEN will continue to be an integral part of the society, says Fiji Labour Party. Party assistant general secretary Kini Marawai says FLP, since its inception almost 29 years ago, always advocated and championed the rights of women. "The party...
Monday, March 17, 2014
More work needs to be done post-elections in the Pacific to ensure Pacific countries do not remain at the bottom globally for gender equality in politics.   The Fiji Women's Forum says more work needs to be done in the Pacific to boost the...
Monday, February 03, 2014
A group of Pacific women politicians and leaders have met in Fiji to find ways to boost the number of Pacific women in elected positions. The Pacific has the lowest number of women in government in the world at just 4-point-7 percent. Twenty women...
Friday, January 17, 2014
Applications for a Women In Politics Capacity Building Training are now invited by femLINKPACIFIC, the National Council of Women (NCW), Soqosoqovakamarama (SSVM) and the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) Co-conveners of the Fiji Women's Forum...
Friday, November 29, 2013
PARLIAMENT needs to reflect the society it represents, says Fiji Women's Rights Movement's executive director Virisila Buadromo. Explaining why it was important to support temporary special measures for women in Parliament, she said: "It is not...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Advocates for women in Fiji say they are still hoping for special measures mandating women’s representation in parliament. Fiji’s new constitution does not contain temporary special measures for women, a mechanism some countries use to speed up...
Monday, October 28, 2013
A young Fijian woman who intends to stand in the Fiji elections says she has received threats, including threats of rape, on social media. Roshika Deo is standing as an independent candidate in next year's promised elections. Ms Deo who has been...
Monday, October 21, 2013
The National Council of Women in Fiji is embarking on a project that aims to increase the representation of women in politics in the lead-up to the elections promised for next year. Its general secretary, Fay Volatabu, says it will work with the...
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Women make up around 50% of the Fiji population but they continue to be underrepresented in national decision-making and are denied equal participation in such processes.An y democratisation process that does not enable equal, fair and substantive...
Monday, July 15, 2013
WITH more countries around the world voting in female prime ministers, Fiji's women are also being encouraged to add a female face to the words "Prime Minister". Such a change will obviously be accompanied by numerous challenges, explained Minister...
Monday, April 08, 2013
Last month Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama announced that the draft Constitution was ready. He had promised that the draft and any amendments would be handled by a Constituent Assembly, but then he announced it would be presented directly...
Monday, April 08, 2013
The Fiji's Women Forum is a national consultation to discuss the participation of women in the democratization process. Since last year there have been 3 such national forums. The current forum is scheduled to take place between Monday April 8 and...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Monday, September 17, 2012
WOMEN in the Western Division have been encouraged to become more involved in the electoral process as the country prepares for the 2014 elections. Opening a workshop in Lautoka yesterday, Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki highlighted the...
Monday, September 03, 2012
WOMEN should make up 40 per cent of the new parliament and this should be enshrined in the new constitution. Ba resident Merewai Dolewale told the Constitution Commission earlier this week that the size of the parliament should also be reduced. "The...
Thursday, August 30, 2012
THE women of Vitogo Village and surrounding settlements have called on the Constitution Commission to ensure there is equal representation of women and men in a new parliament. Making submissions on behalf of the women of Vitogo yesterday, Adi...
Thursday, July 19, 2012
IN an effort to ensure women have equal participation in decision making, the Ministry of Women is in the process of identifying potential women candidates for the general elections in 2014. Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni revealed that her...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Ninteen young women graduated on Friday night from the Emerging Leaders Forum (ELF), a year-long training program run by the Fiji Womens Rights Movement. To read the full article, please visit The Fiji Times Online
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Fiji Teachers Union president Bal Ram said there were very few female union executives. Mr. Ram said he hoped more women candidates would contest executive positions in their national elections next year. To read the full article, please visit The...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Supervisor of Elections, Felicity Heffernan, says it's important for women to be part of the electoral process. Ms. Heffernan made the comment at a workshop on gender-based elections cycle at the Lagoon Resort in Pacific Harbour yesterday. To read...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Fiji women need to be encouraged to take active roles in politics. There were comments made by audience members at a public debate on whether temporary special measures are needed to get women into parliament. In Pacific island countries,...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Women have been encouraged to take up the challenge and to stand up and represent themselves. This is the view of Fulori Turaga of the Fiji Media Watch when asked if women are under-represented. This issue was brought up after gender imbalances in...
Friday, October 28, 2011
The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will hold the first ever Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) on 12-14 December 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This event will bring together 100-150 activists- women lawyers, academics,...
Friday, October 28, 2011
The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will hold the first ever Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) on 12-14 December 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The APFF will bring together women activists, lawyers, academics, advocates and...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Delegates submissions, some reportage, and photos from the PIF SPC Women In Politics conference, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 2006.
Friday, March 27, 2009
This publication is divided into 10 chapters. Chapter 1 introduces and provides an overview of the indicators that have been developed and applied to assess CEDAW legislative compliance in the 9 Pacific Island countries. National constitutions and...
Friday, March 27, 2009
This book looks at methodologies for time use surveys in developing countries, especially the Pacific and the importance of unpaid care work.
Friday, March 27, 2009
This guide provides practical recommendations and tools on how to promote women in parliaments in the Pacific region. It describes the use of special measures such as reserved seats and political party quotas, and special campaigning tools.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
This book analyzes the manifestations of fundamentalisms in the Asia-Pacific region and their impact on women as well as on democracy and politics in general. It includes strategies adopted by women’s groups and progressive women’s movements to...
Friday, January 09, 2009
This is a publication from the APWLD’s research project aimed at assisting women in Asia Pacific to challenge existing structures hindering women’s participation in political processes. The book presents case studies on six women leaders from Fiji,...
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
This is a quick guide to campaigning for Pacific women. It features case studies of Pacific women who have stood for national elections in their respective countries. In these case studies, they share practical tips for campaigning, their struggles...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Within two months after setting up office, the United Nations Development Fund for Women’s (UNIFEM) Gender Equality in Political Governance Programme (GEPG) in the Pacific has already started making waves. UNIFEM’s GEPG Programme is a 5 year...

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