Fiji Contributes to UN Security Council Debate on Women, Peace and Security
At the United Nations Security Council open debate on Women, Peace and Security in New Yok today, the provision of freedom from unfair discrimination based on sex or gender that it is enshrined in Fiji's 2013 Constitution was extolled. Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson, told the Security Council that Fiji was committed to increasing women's participation in decision-making and in political, social and economic processes at all levels.
Today's Security Council debate gave particular attention to the plight of women and girls in displaced groups around the world, who are all too often subjected to violence, sexual exploitation and abuse. Fiji's Ambassador said that there were over 50 million displaced people in the world today, more than at any time since World War Two, and that women and girls in these groups were the most vulnerable.
Ambassador Thomson called for the international community to redouble its efforts to implement relevant legislation, reinforce the rule of law, and ensure the protection of victims, witnesses and justice officials to safeguard displaced victims, in particular vulnerable women and girls.
The Fiji statement went on to highlight Fiji's commitment to United Nations Peacekeeping and the UN's efforts to protect displaced and vulnerable womem and girls. Ambassador Thomson said Fiji was aligning its gender policies with the UN and was providing gender-sensitized peacekeepers in UN peacekeeping missions that were rebuilding post-conflict communities.
He said in the context of the Pacific Islands, the Security Council must recognize that Climate Change is a security issue. Fiji's Ambassador called for the application of vigilance to ensure that women and girls are safe-guarded when coastal displacements occur through rising sea levels and increased frequency of severe storms.