13 Oct 2012

Fiji women's groups call for 50 percent women's representation at all levels

6:40 am on 13 October 2012

Fiji women's groups have called for fifty percent of seats on all Fiji's political structures to be set aside for women.

The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre and the Fiji Women's Rights Movement made the call as part of their formal submissions to the Constitution Commission Friday morning.

The Crisis Centre's Edwina Kotoisuva says women's representation for women should be mandatory.

"We are advocating that the constitution should look at temporary special measures to enable fifty percent representation of women at all levels including in structures like the Bose Levu Vakaturaga or the Great Council of Chiefs. At the moment there isn't a level playing field."

Edwina Kotoisuva says the women's groups also want a Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up and the military to withdraw from all government structures.