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With the vision to rejuvenate and adopt a consolidated effort to eliminate all forms of violence against women and children in the country, the Ministry of Women appointed its Goodwill Ambassador for Women in Fiji.
The Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Jiko Luveni, named Nazhat Shameem as Fiji’s very first Goodwill Ambassador for Women.
“Nazhat Shameem needs no introduction. Her sterling reputation and credibility in the legal fraternity as the first female director of Public Prosecutions and the first female High Court judge and her work in the area of an enabling legal environment for women’s human rights makes her a competent authority on an enabling environment for women in Fiji,” the Minister said.
“Her passion and willingness to rise to the challenges of the country and her leadership skills makes her the ideal ambassador for women in Fiji.”
Dr Luveni said this was an enterprising initiative and would greatly complement the Ministry’s role to advance gender equality and elimination of violence against women and girls.
“Ms Shameem is highly respected for her work in women’s empowerment. It will enable her to use her position of influence to garner support and public interest in and debate around issues that affect and impact on women’s lives,” Dr Luveni said.
One of the first official duties, Ms Shameem will launch the M-Women initiative today, to mark International Women’s Day 2013.
M-Women is a Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Women to develop a platform to exploit the use of mobile technology to respond to questions, issues and challenges for women and children in Fiji.