Women secured more parliament seats in 2014 Election
07:41 Fri Mar 09, 2018
Taken from/By: Parliament
Report by: Sainiani Boila
Women candidates who took part in the 2014 General Election make up the highest number so far to have taken seats in parliament.
Minister for Women, Mereseini Vuniwaqa, says apart from the 2014 Election, all elections conducted since independence saw women secure less than 12 percent of the seats in parliament.
Vuniwaqa says this is due to the impact of cultural gender stereotyping and other socio economic reasons.
“The lower number of females in parliament can also be attribute d to the electoral systems that existed previously in Fiji which favoured man and further isolated female from being voted into parliament. Couple with this is the fact that a few electoral system who are raised based favoured some communities more over others.”
Vuniwaqa says a concerted national effort for the empowerment of women across all sectors will steadily increase the participation of women in political and public life.
She adds the socio economic right under the 2013 constitution is an important platform to empower Fijian women.
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