06 March 2015: International Women’s Day

March 6, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE

The National Federation Party pays homage to women in Fiji commending and celebrating their value in economic, political and social achievements.

Fiji’s history is replete with stories of our strong, resilient yet often unsung heroines of the day and the real backbone of nation building. Today the NFP wants to publicly pay homage to them, their valuable contributions and we call on the nation to celebrate the Women in Fiji.

NFP recognizes that gender equality is both an important development objective in its own right as well as good development policy. We know that gender inequality can impact on Fiji’s productivity, income and quality of development.

We therefore strongly support the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the commitment to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 3 and 5, which argue that gender equality and empowerment of women are development objectives in their own right.

Gender equality must be promoted in access to productive resources, economic opportunity and decision making at all levels contributes to higher economic productivity and wellbeing for all.

Constraints that affect women in accessing productive resources, by removing discriminatory labour market regulations, improving infrastructure services to improve women’s access to markets and female friendly work practices., must be removed

Gender equality does not happen automatically and must be made to happen.

Biman Prasad
Leader