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Annual Full-Day Discussion on the Human Rights of Women





Thank you Mr. President


Fiji welcomes this panel discussion on addressing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a focus on Goal 3 and 5. As rightly pointed out, women’s ability to enjoy their right to health is undermined when they suffer discrimination, when their right to education is denied and whether they are unable to access financial and other productive resources in order to prosper.


Mr President, Fiji’s Minister for Health was a member of the High Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents. The Report of the Working Group was successfully handed to the Director General of the WHO and the High Commissioner at the World Health Assembly last month. The Report sets out, inter alia, a brief situational analysis of the gender- and age-specific issues concerning the health and human rights of women, children and adolescents, and ends with the Working Group's vision for 2030. It represents the integration of the work of the WHO, the Human Rights Council and the Sustainable Development Goals.


Fiji is committed to ensuring that all Fijians have equal access to affordable, efficient and safe health care; and everyone deserves the same quality of care regardless of who they are and where they come from. Gender is a social determinant of health alongside poverty, ethnicity and geography and affects health behaviours and risks, access to health services, the delivery of health services and permeates the institutional frameworks that make up the health system.


The needs of women and girls needs to be given the necessary attention. Therefore key heath domains that the Ministry is focusing on are evidence, which includes quality data, leadership capacity and commitment, gender and human resources, gender based violence and adolescent health services. Mainstreaming gender in all health initiatives is the key to the success of health care, and to ensure equal, affordable, and safe health care for all our people.


Fiji’s Health Ministry also recognizes the interlinking cultural and social contexts that govern Fiji’s multi-ethnic populations and will strive to ensure this in line with our Ministry’s values of: equity, integrity, and respect for human dignity, responsiveness and customer focus. The Ministry is committed to working with development partners in advancing gender equality throughout the Ministry’s services and systems.


There are various activities being undertaken to support mainstreaming gender into the health sector including a two-pronged approach to promoting gender equality, which includes integrating gender into the building blocks of the health system; and prioritizing and strengthening the delivery of health services that respond to the gendered vulnerabilities of women and girls.


The Ministry will continue its work towards ensuring all Fijians regardless of gender, status, creed and religion is delivered the best in health care services.


Thank you Mr President.








Suva, Fiji