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Permanent Mission of the Republic of Fiji to Geneva, Switzerland

Fiji Participates at International Women's Day for the International Labour Office

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(pictured on far right) Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan while participating at the International Labour Office (ILO) held a high-level event on ‘A Quantum Leap for Gender Equality: For a Better Future of Work for All.”


 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The International Labour Office (ILO) held a high-level event on ‘A Quantum Leap for Gender Equality: For a Better Future of Work for All’, in honour of International Women’s Day 2019. The event took place at the ILO headquarters in Geneva.

 

The event consisted of the Oscar-nominated lead actress of the movie Roma, Ms Yalitza Aparicio, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan along with Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr Guy Ryder, Ms Tanya Cohen, the Chief Executive of Business Unity South Africa; Mr Allen Blue, the Co-Founder of LinkedIn and Ms Mette Schak Dahlmann, a representative from the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions. This high-level panel discussion was moderated by journalist and television presenter, Ms Femi Oke.

 

The panelists discussed the future of work and the value that women add in the workplaces. Panelists also discussed on the importance of leveraging technology to effectively coordinate work in terms of increasing visibility, connection, effectiveness, efficiency and decision making.

 

In line with the theme of the high-level event on “Achieving a better future of work for all”, panelists also emphasised on the need to continue working towards changing attitudes, culture and stereotypes, whilst simultaneously reengineering the way the world of work operates, in ensuring gender equality in workplaces.
Ambassador Khan highlighted on the importance of laws that guarantee gender equality at workplaces.

 

“Laws promoting gender equality are an important first step, but we need to pay close attention to the way in which such laws are being implemented in the workplaces”.

Ambassador Khan shared her experience as the first female prosecutor and first female judge in Fiji. She explained how important it is to change the attitudinal landscape of the workplaces to ensure that it is inclusive and to ensure that women’s voices are heard and that they are equally recognised.
 

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Several members of Public Accounts Committee of the Fijian Parliament visiting Wellington this week took advantage of a visit to the Wellington City Council’s Southern Landfill yesterday to glean a few ideas for waste management in Fiji. This included the Hon. Alexander O’Connor, Assistant Minister for Health, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Opposition parliamentarian and Ms. Priya Chand, Parliamentary Secretary who were accompanied by the Fiji High Commission New Zealand staff.

The Southern landfill is an impressive setup particularly as it focuses on recycling and minimising the damage to the environment at the landfill.

 

Other remarkable features of the landfill were its gas collection, electricity regeneration, green waste mulching and water table management. The Hon. O’Connor, an engineer by profession, was particularly impressed and intends to develop a few ideas for the Fijian Government to consider.

 

The PAC members were invited to attend the Pacific PAC training seminar in Wellington facilitated by UNDP from the 12th to the 13th December.

The PAC members, including Deputy Chair, Hon. Mohammed Dean, MP, were hosted to afternoon tea at the Fiji Chancery.  It was an opportunity for the Parliamentarians to meet the Locally Engaged Staff at the Mission and also update the staff on the work and concerns of the Public Accounts Committee.

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