Fiji is at the forefront of mainstreaming gender in its works of Parliament.
These were the comments made by the Speaker of Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni while officiating at the one-day seminar on “Analysis Legislation from a Gender Perspective for Committee Chairs, their Deputies and Whips” in Parliament.
Dr Luveni said such a seminar was intended to further boost the knowledge of members and give guidance and competency to analyse legislations from a gender-perspective.
She added that she is glad to say that we are at the forefront of efforts to mainstream gender in the works of Parliament and we are one of, if not the only, Parliament in the world that has Standing Orders that makes it mandatory for Standing Committees to consider the issue of gender in their work and reflect it in their reports
Dr Luveni added that parliaments have a role to play in engaging the public and civil societies on the SDGs, discussing and passing legislations and monitoring government actions.