16 Apr 2012

Call for women to take 50 percent of seats on Fiji Constituent Assembly

3:14 pm on 16 April 2012

Women's rights groups in Fiji are pushing for 50 percent female representation on the body which will debate the country's new constitution.

The interim government has yet to announce the exact make-up of the Constituent Assembly which will amend and approve the constitution to be finalised by the end of next year.

The goal is among a range of decisions made at last week's first major gathering of women's groups since the 2006 coup.

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls of Femlink Pacific says they want to ensure more say for women in all steps towards the new constitution.

"We'd like to be able to ensure that the state processes also take into account the range of conventions and treaties on women's human rights or human rights in general that must be reflected in these processes."

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls says the Women's Forum also wants the constitution to be endorsed by a national referendum.