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A new committee for gender has been established to consider Parliament’s contribution to the advancement of SDG 5 which is to ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’.
Speaker of Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni announced the formation of the committee at the launch of a gender toolkit Monday which is a manual for scrutinising legislation from a gender perspective.
The committee is made up of all the Chairs and Deputy Chairs of the six (6) Standing Committees of Parliament and will be assisted by the Parliament Secretariat.
Dr Luveni says it is the role of the Fijian Parliament that gender issues are considered when scrutinising draft laws.
She says parliamentary committees to date have lacked clear guidance on how to implement the important standing order relating to gender analysis when they are scrutinizing legislation. This will now be possible with the toolkit.
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Osnat Lubrani said that scrutinising legislation through a gender lens will be crucially important.
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