Women’s rights campaigners in Fiji are calling for half of the country’s political positions to be reserved for women.
The Fiji Women Rights Movement and the Women’s Crisis centre called for the change in its submission to the Constitution Commission.The movement’s program officer Tara Chetty has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat Fiji is not alone in its gender imbalance.
“Fiji, as well as the rest of the Pacific, has an absolutely atrocious record in terms of women’s representation in national decision-making,” she said.
“The best we’ve ever peaked at is around 17 per cent, and that’s if you’re including both houses. It’s usually running at under 10 per cent, and it’s widely acknowledged that the Pacific is simply the worst in the whole world in terms of women’s representation.”
|Former MP Dame Carol Kidu (c) with women from Port Moresby.|
“We feel that we’ve been under represented for far too long, and this is not the time to be playing it coy and asking for 10 per cent here or 20 per cent there, but rather to state very clearly what we want to see,” she said.