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April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: ISTD-PRACTICE-1

"The HIV/AIDS Decree guarantees the right to confidentiality of test results, the right to voluntary informed consent before a test is conducted, and criminalises any official publication of test results which are not conducted in accordance with the Decree. The Decree introduces a rights based approach to HIV/AIDS. The Ministry of Health has developed the Strategic Plan for the Republic of Fiji on HIV and STIs (2012-15) after numerous consultations with all stakeholders and reflects 4 priority areas. The Ministry prepares annual work plans to ensure implementation of the strategic plan" (26).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5, MARR-PRACTICE-7

"iTaukei Fijian women in rural areas, are often unfairly prejudiced by Fijian traditional customs in marriage. Once married, an iTaukei Fijian women moves from her father’s village to reside in her husband’s village and during the wedding ceremony, her family presents a “tabua” (whales tooth) to her husband’s family asking them to take good care of her. Once her husband dies, her family will again present another “tabua” to her late husband’s family as in the iTaukei customs, she must return to her father’s family. This makes them dependent on men throughout their lives, firstly, their father, then their husband, then, once they become widows, they depend on the goodwill...more
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"The Department for Women has invested considerable resources to benefit rural women through its Income Generating Projects, Women’s Centre and zero-tolerance for violence against women and children. These programmes are designed to eliminate violence, poverty alleviation and economic empowerment of rural women. The consultation meetings with rural women highlighted the need to protect the rights and freedoms and the advancement of those 412,425 rural women, address gender equality issues prevalent in rural areas, equality issues between rural women and urban women as well as issues pertaining to ethnicity and equality between cultural groups. Majority of rural women who attended the consultation meetings are high school dropouts and needs more awareness...more
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: CWC-DATA-1

"In 2012, out of the total rural population of 412,425, there are 197,703 women and girls. Most iTaukei Fijian women live in villages and settlements throughout the 14 provinces whereas Fijian women of other ethnic groups live near urban centres and cane-growing areas" (35).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-4

"This is a very important law reform in the sense that in our iTaukei Fijian culture as well as the Fijian Indian culture, there is always a stigma over losing virginity before marriage especially for young women. This leads to a rigid control of women’s and girls’ rights to protect their chastity and family honour, ensuring that girls have no option to explore their sexuality except within marriage" (40).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"Today, through progressive legislation reforms that...put in place protection against sexual harassment in the workplace" (4). "Sexual harassment 76. — (1) An employer is liable under this section, together with a worker who sexually harasses another worker if the employer fails to take the reasonable steps necessary to prevent sexual harassment of the employer’s worker. (2) An employer must develop and maintain a policy to prevent sexual harassment in his or her workplace, consistent with any national policy guidelines under subsection (3). (3) The Minister may direct the Board to develop a national policy guideline for preventing sexual harassment in workplaces. (4) Where a complaint of sexual harassment has been...more
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"Section 5(4) of the Constitution states that citizenship can be acquired through birth, registration or naturalization and can hold multiple citizenship. This means a Fijian woman married a foreigner does not have to renounce her Fiji citizenship upon acquiring her foreign citizenship. Likewise, the same rules of acquiring citizenship apply to spouses of male and female Fiji citizens" (18). "Nationality is critical to full participation in society and without status as citizens; women are deprived of the right to vote or stand for public office and may be denied access to public benefits, education scholarships and choice of residence. Nationality should be capable of change by an adult woman and...more
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The substantial reduction in domestic violence against women and girls can lead to economic and social prosperity in Fiji, Dr. Jiko Luveni launched a campaign called, “Zero Tolerance Violence Free Communities” (ZTVFC) in 2008. The campaign encourages women to speak against an injustice and violence against them. It promotes behavioural change and attitudes and largely involves male leaders, church leaders, youth leaders and women leaders to work with the various service providers to identify the strategies to encounter challenges. Communities take ownership of the campaign and form gatekeepers’ committee that works closely with the stakeholders to stop all forms of violence. There has been an overwhelming positive response from men...more
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The substantial reduction in domestic violence against women and girls can lead to economic and social prosperity in Fiji, Dr. Jiko Luveni launched a campaign called, “Zero Tolerance Violence Free Communities” (ZTVFC) in 2008. The campaign encourages women to speak against an injustice and violence against them. It promotes behavioural change and attitudes and largely involves male leaders, church leaders, youth leaders and women leaders to work with the various service providers to identify the strategies to encounter challenges. Communities take ownership of the campaign and form gatekeepers’ committee that works closely with the stakeholders to stop all forms of violence. There has been an overwhelming positive response from men...more
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: CLCW-LAW-2

"Every citizen has the right to apply for and be issued with a passport or similar travel document, in accordance with any condition prescribed by a written law" (40).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"Dying testate is the legal terminology used to refer to someone who dies leaving a will. In this case, his/her estate will be divided amongst beneficiaries laid out in the will. On the other hand, when someone dies intestate refers to someone who dies without leaving a will. His/her estate is divided amongst surviving spouse, children and other close relatives in accordance with the Succession, Probate and Administration Act, Cap 60. According to the Act, the surviving spouse (or civil partner), for example, he or she will have priority over any other relatives for either all or a certain amount of the estate" (38).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific office works in conjunction with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation and Ministry of Health, to utilize the Women’s Resource Centres to access information and services related to family planning. According to the Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr. Jiko Luveni, this project meant that Fiji is progressing well in its commitment to ensure women and adolescent girls are well informed on sexual and reproductive health issues. These women centres will increase to 60 by the end of 2014 and will be giving out contraceptives like condoms. The centres basically provide a space where women can gather...more
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"High maternal mortality and morbidity rates worldwide are indicators that States Parties possibility breached their duty to ensure women’s access to reproductive health care services" (25). "Government has expanded its food voucher programme for pregnant mothers indicating government’s initiative to reduce child mortality rate and improve maternal health as stipulated under Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 and 5. This year, Government allocated $1.4 million that will benefit 4,000 pregnant mothers who attend rural health clinics. The objective of this programme is to improve maternal health and provide nutrition needs required during pregnancies" (28).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"For the first time in history, our Constitution guarantees equal rights to both men and women in the full and free participation in the economic life of the nation (section 32)" (4). "For instance, Fiji’s new Constitution prohibits any form of discrimination against women and girls on the grounds of sex, race, ethnicity, religion or belief system, health status, disability, age and so forth" (4). "The Constitution, guarantees equality between women and men before the law and both have the legal protection, treatment and benefit of the law" (37).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"These women centres will increase to 60 by the end of 2014 and will be giving out contraceptives like condoms" (27).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: CUST-LAW-1

"The Family Law Act 2003 establishes Family Divisions of the High Court and Magistrates Court with the jurisdiction over dissolution of marriage, child custody, spousal and child support, as well as jurisdiction to make orders relating the welfare of children. The Act recognizes that both parents have the same rights to apply for child custody and maintenance, as well as spousal maintenance. In deciding a case relating to a child’s welfare, the court is required under the Act to consider the child’s expressed wishes, taking into account the child’s maturity and level of understanding. A separate representative may be appointed on the Court’s initiative, or at the request of a...more
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Currently, prevalence of domestic violence is extremely high and costing the country almost $1billion since 2011" (4).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"According to the National Gender Policy, the Fiji Women’s Federation will become an independent statutory body to implement the National Policy and provide advice to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation" (12). "The Ministry for Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation in its quest to provide economic and employment opportunities for disadvantaged women, especially rural women has helped establish facilities that provide services. Since Cabinet endorsed the construction of women resources centre in 2010, the Ministry has opened 30 new women resource centres; 26 women extensions centres while 14 are still under construction throughout Fiji. It has also established networks with 1702 women’s groups. There are certain centres...more
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority issues a letter containing a person’s tax identification number (TIN) and women can use this letter to open a new bank account, acquire a bank loan, enter into hire purchase credits and agreement. The Consumer Credit Act 1999 regulates consumer credit agreements and related mortgages, guarantees, sale contracts and insurance contracts, leases and hire purchase agreements. Any aggrieved party to a credit agreement may seek redress in a court of law or the small claims tribunal for amounts up to F$5,000" (33).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: GP-DATA-4

"The national budgetary allocation to the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation is indicative of the continued political will and commitment of the Fijian Government to gender equality and the full realization of women’s human rights. This is primarily engineered through increased programming funding provided to the National Women’s Machinery and the commitment to specifically allocate FJD$500,000 for the annual National Women’s Expo" (3). "Hon. Ms. Rosy Sofia Akbar Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation" (3). "The Department of Women (DoW) is the primary advisor to Government on public policies that affect women and the key catalyst for the implementation of the National Women’s Plan of Action 2010-2019....more
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Marriage Act (Amendment) Decree 2009) has amended section 12 of the Marriage Act by providing that the legal marriageable age for both males and females in Fiji is 18. The Decree has also repealed the requirement of parental consent where a party to an intended marriage, although of marriageable age, is under the age of 21 years" (40).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Constitution states that everyone has the right and freedom from slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking. The Crimes Decree criminalizes trafficking of persons and children. The penalty is imprisonment from 12 to 25 years" (15).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: ISTD-DATA-3

"According to the Ministry of Health, out of the 558 people living with HIV/AIDS in the past four years in Fiji since March 2014, about 85 per cent contracted the disease through heterosexual sex. The majority of those living with HIV/AIDS are in most productive age range of 20-29 years" (26).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: IIP-LAW-1

"Under section 21 of the Constitution — Freedom of movement and residence: 21-(1) Every person has the right to freedom of movement" (40).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: GIC-LAW-3

"An additional provision in the Promulgation caters for the rights of women on maternity leave" (22-23). "Rights of women on maternity leave 101. — (1) A woman employed in a workplace who expects to give birth is entitled to maternity leave and abstain from work for a period of 84 consecutive days subject to providing her employer with a certificate from a registered medical practitioner or registered nurse specifying the possible date of birth. (2) A woman is entitled to paid maternity leave as follows — (a) for the first 3 births, to the normal remuneration she would have received as if she had been at work; and (b) for...more
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"The Policy will put in place a Monitoring and Evaluation framework that will strengthen Fiji’s system of data collection and using key measurable indicators, to assess trends regarding domestic violence, trafficking, and the sexual exploitation of women and girls. The Policy provides the introduction of gender-responsive planning and budgeting, gender mainstreaming to ensure optimum benefit of both urban and rural women" (11).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Today, through progressive legislation reforms that prohibit unfair discrimination including domestic violence" (4).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"Pursuant to the Marriage Act, Cap 50, marriage in Fiji shall be the voluntary union of one man to one woman to the exclusion of all other and solemnized by either the registrar general, district registrar, registered marriage officer and registered church minister" (40).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: GP-DATA-2

"Out of the 55 diplomatic posts in 18 missions located in 16 countries around the globe, 30 per cent are held by women" (17).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Since the completion of the report, Fiji has had General Elections and the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji which now has 14 per cent of women representation, this being the highest women’s leadership representation in Fiji’s history" (3). "The National Elections of 17 September 2014 will see the highest number of women candidate nominees in any election for the country. Out of the 248 candidates approved by the Fijian Elections Office, 41 are women. This constitutes 16 per cent of women candidate nominees, an increase of 4 per cent from the 2006 elections. Fiji First Party (FFP) named 9 women out of the 50 endorsed nominees; Peoples Democratic Party...more