21 Apr 2015

Women activists prepare for Fiji local body polls

5:43 am on 21 April 2015

Women's groups in Fiji are making plans for local body elections despite no date yet announced for the polls.

Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls

Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls Photo: RNZI Sally Round

The government wants the Local Government Act reviewed before elections for bodies like municipal and town councils take place.

The previous military-led government installed special administrators in the regions after terminating Fiji's elected councillors and mayors in 2009.

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls of Femlink Pacific says last week's Fifth Fiji Women's Forum came up with strategies to keep the local elections on the radar and boost women's representation rates overall.

"By giving an entry point to women at the local level governance, we've got a greater chance of seeing more women actively involved and identified also by political parties as well."

Ms Bhagwan Rolls says one idea is to have a "thousand women database" of women prepared to represent their communities at a local level.