14 Jul 2004

Fiji Women Lawyers Association to contribute to professional development

10:10 am on 14 July 2004

There is a move to bolster the professional development of women lawyers in Fiji.

The just-launched Fiji Women Lawyers Association is to hold workshops to build confidence on dealing with issues such as discrimination in the workplace.

And, the association's vice-president, Alofa Seruvatu, says the organisation will also contribute to parliamentary bills and legal issues connected with women and children.

"We'll be interacting with non-governmental organisations like the Womens' Crisis Centre or the human rights movement where we'd like to help women and children or issues that concern them. And, make contributions in terms of doing research or working with them holding workshops, or in terms of litigation or other issues that concern women and children."

Ms Seruvatu says the association has signed up 70 women lawyers out of the approximately 100 women who practise in Fiji.