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Project launched to improve constitutional democracy

A new European Union (EU) funded project to strengthen participatory and inclusive constitutional democracy in Fiji was launched in Suva yesterday. The “Fiji in Transition: Towards a Sustainable Constitutional Democracy” project will strengthen the role played by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Fiji for the promotion, implementation and monitoring of human rights through civic education, […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 20, 2016 11:02 am

A new European Union (EU) funded project to strengthen participatory and inclusive constitutional democracy in Fiji was launched in Suva yesterday.

(Left to Right): CCF Chief Executive Officer Bulutani Mataitawakilai, The EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Andrew Jacobs and Fiji Women’s Rights Movement Executive Director Tara (Citizens' Constitutional Forum)
(L-R): CCF Chief Executive Officer Bulutani Mataitawakilai, The EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Andrew Jacobs and Fiji Women’s Rights Movement Executive Director Tara. (CCF)

The “Fiji in Transition: Towards a Sustainable Constitutional Democracy” project will strengthen the role played by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Fiji for the promotion, implementation and monitoring of human rights through civic education, research and advocacy.

The EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Andrew Jacobs highlighted the EU’s support for strengthening governance and participatory democracy.

JACOBS: “The ‘Fiji in Transition’ project aims to strengthen civil society engagement and partnerships with institutions, to encourage active citizenship and to advocate for participatory and representative democracy. Through this project, the EU aims to facilitate dialogue between civil society and the government on civil and political rights.”

CCF Chief Executive Officer Bulutani Mataitawakilai said CCF’s research activities indicate a need for advocacy on public participation and inclusiveness.

MATAITAWAKILAI: “This then creates a mandate to advocate for active citizenship which leads to the need for an enabling environment for it. The fulfilment of the right to freedom to information is one such example.”

(Left to Right): CCF Chief Executive Officer Bulutani Mataitawakilai, The EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Andrew Jacobs and Fiji Women’s Rights Movement Executive Director Tara (Citizens' Constitutional Forum)
(L-R): CCF Chief Executive Officer Bulutani Mataitawakilai, The EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Andrew Jacobs and Fiji Women’s Rights Movement Executive Director Tara (CCF)

Fiji Women’s Rights Movement Executive Director Tara Chetty said access to information in relation to human rights and democratisation is vital to empower citizens to actively engage and demand for accountability and good governance.

CHETTY: “The inclusion of a feminist presence and the voices of diverse women and young women is essential to strengthen the call for accountability and to build a stronger, more sustainable democracy.”

The project will be implemented over a period of three years by Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) with the assistance of Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM).

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