The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa has participated at an event on achieving economic solvency for rural women in the margins of 62nd session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.
Vuniwaqa delivered the opening remarks at the side event and also participated as a panelist.
In her opening remarks she stressed that “Today, women leaders in national governments and businesses have the opportunity to discuss how national policies and multi-sectoral approaches may work to overcome extreme poverty for women…When rural women have equal access as men to resources, assets, services and economic opportunities, they become a key driving force against rural poverty”.
Vuniwaqa also participated as a panelist and was joined by representatives from Canada, Chile and Estonia.
All the panelists had a chance to share their experience, challenges and best practices to ensure economic solvency for rural women.
A common element shared amongst the panelist is the establishment of a rights based law for women.
Vuniwaqa highlighted some of the best practices that had been undertaken by the Fijian Government to support economic solvency and domestic violence highlighting; “Article 14 of CEDAW recognizes the important place that rural women occupy in national development and this must be addressed by national governments if we are to truly achieve the ultimate goal of gender equality and empowerment.”
She also stated that with the unprecedented infrastructural investment by the Fijian Government in rural areas, women now have the chance to access markets, visit health centers and access Government services, which was not the case before.