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35+ years of activism & feminism in Fiji

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28 March 2023

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Fiji Women's Rights Movement

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More Women Encouraged to Apply for Board of Directors in State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs)

It's Time to Balance the Scales: The Power of Women Leader

More Women Encouraged to Apply for Board of Directors in State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs)
 
31/08/2022
 
FWRM strongly encourages more women to apply to serve on boards of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in Fiji.
This after a call out was made on 01 August 2022 by the Ministry of Economy for applications for board of directors to serve on the boards of SOEs. The callout also encourages expressions of interest from women.
Women are powerful agents of change, contributing tremendously in the home, community, economy and nation, yet continue to be underrepresented in decision making spheres that matter.
In 2020, a research conducted by FWRM found that that only 21 per cent of board members across 38 boards of SOEs were women, below the global target of 30 percent for the same year.  
FWRM is currently updating the research and despite several efforts to obtain information from relevant authorities, we faced challenges due to outdated websites, hesitancy in providing information and an overall lack of data. The data we currently hold does not look promising. As of now, women are still underrepresented and comprise only 20% of all board members across the 38 boards, with 17 out of 38 (45%) of the boards having less than 30% women’s participation.  
The fundamental question we ask is why is it so difficult to access information on such important matters? 
We highlight the importance of data on accountability bodies for SOEs and recommend that websites and respective authorities have updated information publicly available.
FWRM reiterates the urgent need to improve women’s meaningful representation in leadership and for all relevant bodies to publish information related to SOEs online.
Fiji needs more women leaders. Having women leaders ensures greater diversity of thought, inclusive discussions, meaningful contributions by half the population and overall better accountability to women.
Women are just as capable of leading as men and should not be held back by age old stereotypes of leadership roles. We must ensure that women are supported with an enabling environment to realise their fullest potential and transform communities in the way that they have always done.
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DISCLAIMER
FWRM is currently reviewing the 2020 assessment report. There is an overall lack of data, updated information, outdated website and published annual reports online to assist the revision of the 2020 assessment. Requests for data and information have been made to relevant State-owned enterprises and entities part of the initial assessment to update the information collated in 2020.
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