FIJI: Fiji's Female Activists at UN Commission

Monday, March 2, 2009
Fiji Times Online
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Two of Fiji's women activists are among eight Pacific Island representatives at the 53rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which begins in New York today.

In a press statement, Angie Chand of the Pacific Disability Forum says the Commission meet is an opportunity to be able to highlight the issues faced by women and girls with disabilities.

Fiji's other representative is femLINKPACIFIC's co-ordinator Sharon Bhagwan Rolls.

She says: "This is a valuable opportunity to work alongside our government counterparts in the Pacific missions and create greater visibility of Pacific women's ongoing efforts to implement policy commitments such as the Beijing Platform for Action, as well as UN Security Council resolution 1325, which is critical for the women we work with in Fiji, Bougainville, Solomon Islands and Tonga."

The Commission's discussion are on the theme: "The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men including care-giving in the context of HIV/AIDS."