Senior Officers from the Department of Women are attending the Multilateral Workshop this week to improve their knowledge and techniques on negotiating skills at the 64th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and other bilateral and multilateral meetings.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa while officially opening the two day Multilateral Negotiation Workshop for Women Senior Officers at the Holiday Inn Conference Room in Suva highlighted the importance of 64th Commission on the Status of Women Meeting to the Fijian Government.

“This
is where we provide a great opportunity to raise our voices on the issues and
successes faced by Fijian women back at home and at the same time learn from
other nations with the mutual goal of achieving gender equality and the
empowerment of women,” Minister Vuniwaqa said.

“The
CSW composes of member states and inter-governmental bodies that advocate for
gender quality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Minister
Vuniwaqa added that the workshop is intended to equip the officers with
knowledge and techniques for multilateral negotiation, protocols and
negotiation etiquette, agreed language and research, consensus, coalition
building and drafting outcomes documents.

“Being
able to effectively get the voices of our women heard at those levels is very
important for us as the National Women’s Machinery,” Minister Vuniwaqa said.

She
encouraged the officers to learn as much as they can from the workshop
facilitator Ms. Bindu Armstrong, who with the support of the New Zealand High
Commission will be the facilitator. The Multilateral Workshop is organized by
the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation in partnership with New
Zealand High Commission.

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