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Fijian Government recognises the gendered impact of COVID-19 and is prioritising the importance of gender responsive national recovery plans and the critical role that all women and girls play as leaders and in building resilience.
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa highlighted this in her statement to mark International Women’s Day today.
With the theme, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” and a campaign theme of #ChooseToChallenge, Vuniwaqa invited all Fijians to celebrate the role and significant contribution of women across the island nation and to reflect on the challenges that we still face in ensuring that all Fijian women and girls are safe, protected, respected and can fulfill their full potential.
“Looking ahead with a long-term vision to accelerate realisation of gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls, our efforts and investments (2021-2026) will be focused on three strategic priority areas; ending gender based violence against all women and girls, promoting women’s economic empowerment and improving protection, preparedness & resilience to disaster for all women and girls,” Vuniwaqa said.
“This will be realised through the application of a whole of government, whole of population, transformative and evidence based approaches with emphasis on leadership and decision making for all women and girls as well as a comprehensive gender transformative institutional capacity development and improvement of availability and access to quality sex-disaggregated data and gender statistics,” she said.
“Fiji will also continue its efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls with the development, adoption and implementation of the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence against all women and girls (2021-2026) to stop violence before its starts.
“We are better focused to consolidate our gains, to reset and adopt transformative approaches, allocate adequate resources and to work together with a wide range of partners including most importantly, the Civil Society – which encompasses Faith-Based and women’s rights organisations to deliver gender equality outcomes.
“On that note, I invite all Fijians to #chooseTochallenge. Let us choose to challenge gender inequality. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias, discriminatory social norms and inequality. Collectively, we can all rally around to create an inclusive and equal Fiji, said Minister Vuniwaqa.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/FIJI GOVT/PACNEWS
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