Women in Peace and Transition Processes: Fiji (2012)
Fiji’s constitution-making process was decreed early in 2012 by the country’s military Government, which had come into power in 2006 through a coup. Fijian women were actively involved through an inclusive Constitution Commission and country-wide public consultations: three of the Constitution Commission’s five members were women, and a large number of women from diverse backgrounds, locations, ages and political affiliations contributed to the consultations. Women were empowered to participate through education, training, and awareness-raising campaigns, as well as through digital inclusion tools. Strong women’s civil society organizations and movements advocated for women’s interests and provided support for women’s participation. The final text of the Commission’s draft constitution (referred to in this case study as the Commission Constitution) included a number of provisions that reflected the themes advocated for by women, such as the advancement of women and youth, and human rights.
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