Women hold climate rally

Marion Hicks, front, leads the tuiboto during the Fiji Women Climate Change Emergency Rally at the Albert Park pavilion in Suva on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

CLIMATE change crisis remains the greatest concern, we cannot deny the fact that it has socioeconomic roots, says Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

“And this is damaging people and the planet,” she said.

Mrs Vuniwaqa highlighted this while addressing women during the Fiji Women’s Climate Emergency Rally at Albert Park in Suva yesterday.

She said in redirecting development to its rightful course, it was imperative to remind the public and private sectors that women were crucial leaders, innovators and change-makers with important diverse knowledge, perspectives and networks that could critically contribute to disaster risk reduction in our communities and nation as a whole.

“This will take a broad-based partnership that harnesses a wealth of knowledge that must be tapped at all levels, including government, civil society, private sector and development partners — we are all in this together.”

Mrs Vuniwaqa said the ministry was developing a five-year strategic plan and implementation framework on the National Gender Policy (2020-2025) which would provide transformative and gender responsive approaches in improving protection and resilience to disaster and climate change risks for women and girls.

Meanwhile, DIVA for Equality Fiji incoming political adviser Viva Tatawaqa said the rally gave women from around Viti Levu a platform to share their experiences on the effects of climate change and talk on alternative ways that they had derived to overcome the effects of climate change.

“All of these global meetings, they need to hear our voices especially women so this is the platform that we are using,” she said.

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