Fiji Statement to the Commission on the Status of Women
The Fiji statement at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women was delivered in New York today. The theme of this year’s session is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson, delivered the national statement.
The Fiji Statement highlighted the National Gender Policy for Fiji that was launched on 6 March 2014, declaring that this document will serve as policy for mainstreaming gender understandings within all spheres of national life. The statement explained that the National Gender Policy is designed to improve the quality of life of men, women, boys and girls at all levels of society through the promotion of gender equity.
Ambassador Thomson said that empowering women and girls was “a fundamental part of Fiji’s developmental aspirations and achievements.” He said it was essential that “men and boys take equal ownership of initiatives that target women’s equality and empowerment.”