A delegation led by the Speaker of Parliament Hon. Dr Jiko Luveni is in St Petersburg, Russia, for the Inter Parliamentary Union (‘IPU’) 137th Assembly. The Fijian delegation also comprises the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Hon. Jone Usamate, Opposition Members Hon. Salote Radrodro and Hon. Mikaele Leawere and secretariat support staff.
The IPU Assembly and its related meetings commenced on Friday, 13 October 2017 and continue through to Wednesday, 18 October 2017.
The Hon. Speaker participated as a panelist at the 26th Session of the Forum of Women Parliamentarians marking the fifth anniversary of the Plan of Action for Gender-sensitive Parliaments. The event focused on the advancements made and challenges encountered by Parliaments to enhance their gender sensitivity and their ability to deliver on gender equality.
Hon. Luveni stated that Parliament must take special responsibility in its oversight role in the implementation of the SDGs especially SDG5. Whilst highlighting the initiatives that have been established and actioned by the Fijian Parliament, the participants acknowledged and commended the work by the Fijian Parliament in addressing the issue of gender sensitivity.
Further to the panel discussion, the Hon. Speaker thanked the IPU for providing support and technical assistance for the production of the Gender Toolkit, the Self-Assessment Toolkit, Pacific Regional Seminars on Human Rights and Democracy, as well as the progressing work towards the development of a baseline data on the SDGs.