FIJI ON WORLD STAGE TO HELP EM­POWER WOMEN AND GIRLS

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Fiji is at the fore­front in call­ing for com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach to­wards build­ing an in­clu­sive and em­pow­er­ing so­ci­ety for women and girls.

This has been con­veyed through de­mon­stra­tion of Fiji’s strong lead­er­ship at the re­cent high level dis­cus­sions on “hu­man rights of women,” held at the mar­gins of 44th ses­sion of the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil.

Fiji’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions in Geneva, Am­bas­sador Nazhat Shameem de­liv­ered a joint state­ment on be­half of the core group for the “forth­com­ing res­o­lu­tion on Ac­count­abil­ity for en­sur­ing women’s and girls’ full en­joy­ment of hu­man rights in hu­man­i­tar­ian set­tings; Canada, Ge­or­gia, Swe­den, Uruguay and Fiji.

Ms Khan stated that, “con­flicts and dis­as­ters af­fect more and more peo­ple around the world. When cri­sis strikes, such as the COVID-19 pan­demic, pre-ex­ist­ing gen­der in­equal­i­ties are of­ten ex­ac­er­bated and fur­ther im­pede women’s and girls’ full en­joy­ment of hu­man rights.

“In hu­man­i­tar­ian set­tings, the break­down, or lack, of in­sti­tu­tions and in­fra­struc­ture, along with pre­ex­ist­ing gen­der-based violence and dis­crim­i­na­tion, of­ten pre­vent women and girls from ac­cess­ing jus­tice and reme­dies. Ab­sence of ac­count­abil­ity fu­els im­punity. In ad­dress­ing these chal­lenges, it is im­por­tant to recog­nise women’s and girls’ agency, as well as the need for men and boys to en­gage,” Ms Khan said. She said that con­tin­ued dia­logue and mul­ti­sec­toral co-op­er­a­tion is im­por­tant in ad­vanc­ing the hu­man rights and em­pow­er­ment of women and girls.

Fiji’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions in Geneva, Am­bas­sador Nazhat Shameem.

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