Mind your vote

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali during the Fiji Teachers Union International Women’s Day celebration at their headquarters in Berry Rd, Suva. Picture: RAMA

We choose and deserve the leaders we get so vote carefully when elections come around. Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali said this during the International Women’s Day celebrations at the Fiji Teachers Union (FTU) headquarters yesterday.

“Elections are coming up and things are going bad and all these different Bills are coming up, our human rights and democracy is shrinking, what are we going to do about it,” she said.

Ms Ali said it was important that women stood up and had their voices heard.

“I was told by our ‘minister for everything’ that women should stick to what we should be doing and not be involved in politics, but a woman’s place is everywhere, talking about women’s rights is political.

“All of us (women) don’t need to be in Parliament, some of us can make noise from outside; in our homes, our communities, our religious communities and everywhere that we pass.”

She said it was important that women demand their place at the table and demand their rights.

“Men hold the social, economic and political power and they can either use it to oppress women further or to liberate and exercise women’s rights.”

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