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Fiji women MPs urged put differences aside to address 'big issues'
6:30 pm GMT+12, 21/02/2019, New Zealand

Women parliamentarians in Fiji are being encouraged to put their political differences aside and use their historic numbers to further women's rights.
 
Most of them have been in New Zealand this week to for discussions with women MPs in Wellington.
 
The co-chair of the New Zealand parliament's cross-party women's group, Labour MP Louisa Wall, said the MPs in Fiji should put their party differences aside to address some big issues.
 
“So, if they're now 20 percent of the parliament what are those issues? Whether they be related to sexual and reproductive health rights to family and sexual violence issues, to making sure that our kids and our families have access to good education [and] health. What ever the issues may be.”
 
Meanwhile, despite her busy schedule, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spared some time to meet visiting Fiji Women MP's at her office.
 
Discussions centred around women in leadership and empowerment. They also congratulated Prime Minister Ardern for her election to the Office.
 
The Women MP's are in New Zealand through the New Zealand Parliament partnership with the Parliament of Fiji.
 
Today, the Women MP's will be separated into two groups and will travel to Auckland and Christchurch respectively to observe constituency visits by New Zealand MP's.

SOURCE: RNZ PACIFIC/ FIJI OPPOSITION/PACNEWS


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