Monday, April 15, 2024
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Less than 5.8pc women representation at GCC

Of more than 51 nominations to the Great Council of Chiefs today, only three are women, equating to less than 5.8 per cent of the council’s membership.

Minister for i-Taukei Affairs Ifereimi Vasu said the provinces were encouraged to nominate women to the GCC, but as of yesterday, only three names had been received ahead of the council’s meeting at the Lagoon Resort, the GCC’s first since its reinstatement in November 2023.

The lists of nominees are with the President and Tui Macuata, Na Turaga na Taukei Bolaitagane Ratu Wiliame Katonivere for appointment as required under section 3(1) of the i-Taukei Affairs Act.

The Minister stressed the importance of the event, urging all Fijians to reflect on the role of the GCC in society.

“It is a step forward, ensuring that the voices of the i-Taukei are heard and respected in the national dialogue,” Vasu said.

The announcement on Tuesday comes on the back of Cabinet’s endorsement of the i-Taukei Affairs (Great Council of Chiefs) Regulations 2024 which sets out the selection process and criteria for the members of the Great Council of Chiefs, its objectives, and responsibility.

“As we prepare for this significant event, I invite all Fijians to join us in reflecting on the importance of the GCC, its role in our society, and the ways in which we can all contribute to a more united, prosperous, and culturally rich Fiji,” Vasu said adding that he was looking forward to fruitful discussions and outcome.

The two-day meeting starts 10am this morning.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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