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35+ years of activism & feminism in Fiji


05 July 2023


Fiji Women's Rights Movement


NGOCHR calls for greater accountability from FRU

NGOCHR calls for greater accountability from FRU

The NGOCHR calls for accountable and transparent public enquiry into the issue of equity in gender and sports in Fiji, and more broadly into overall conditions for women in sports at all levels – from girls and youth-led community clubs and through to country representation.

It is high time that an enquiry is conducted after media and social media reports of the poor treatment of our national women rugby players.

The NGOCHR thank the trustees of the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) for stepping in to confirm statements made by the players and acknowledge the urgent need for FRU to improve.

Patriarchal attitudes, inequitable and unaccountable leadership of sports organisations, and poor structures that do not reflect gender equity and human rights in sports.

While there are changes due to hard work of many stakeholders including players themselves, it is time to be clear on the remaining gaps and obstacles for women and girls in sports, as in other areas of life, and to have a clear plan of action for change.

The NGOCHR also calls for support from the government and the Fijian society for women in sports, especially those in the rugby field and other male dominated sportsWe want to hold the government accountable to its commitment through the Fiji National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls and the work on eliminating violence against women and girls. 

The Fiji society and government need to acknowledge and build on the dedication, hard work,skills and achievements of the women's national sports teams nationally andglobally, and treat them with fairness and respect.