9 Jul 2008

Fiji women's organisations want a voice in forum

3:17 pm on 9 July 2008

Two Fiji women's organisations have written to the Commonwealth Secretariat Special Envoy to Fiji to call for the final terms of reference for a proposed Fiji political forum to be inclusive of women.

A letter drafted on behalf of The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre and the Fiji Women's Rights Movement was delivered to Sir Paul Reeves last Thursday.

The proposed political forum which will be facilitated by the Commonwealth Secretariat is expected to be convened next month.

The Movement's Executive Director, Virisila Buadromo, says in discussing the terms of reference of the forum, Sir Paul only spoke to political parties - which are headed by men.

"We were quite disappointed that despite us sending a letter last week while he was here, asking if he could include us in his meetings, while he was hear trying to formulate the terms of reference, we didn't get any response from it at all. We think we should be part of the designing of that terms of reference as well as being part of that political forum."

Virisila Buadromo says she is also talking to the political parties that were part of the process last week.