34% of the labour force in Fiji are women - PS Women

34% of the labour force in Fiji are women - PS Women

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Monday 17/10/2022

It was revealed today that even though more women are graduating from universities than men, women make up only 34 percent of the labour force.

While revealing this during the International Rural Women's Day Celebrations and Pinktober Awareness in Sawani Village, Naitasiri, Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Jennifer Poole says this is interesting because women are graduating in higher numbers than men.

She says this shows women do not tend to stay in the formal economy for long.

Poole says the pandemic’s devastating consequences on women and girls is even graver than its impact on their male counterparts.

She says as markets fall and businesses close, millions of women’s jobs have disappeared.


She adds women and girls play an essential role in food systems from production, to processing, preparation, consumption, and distribution of food as well as in securing household and community nutrition.

The Permanent Secretary says discriminatory gender norms and practices and their disproportionate share of unpaid care and domestic work, results in unequal access to food and heightened experience of hunger, malnutrition, under nutrition and food insecurity.

She says women and girls face greater vulnerability and exposure to disasters, yet women remain largely ignored and their capacities unleveraged in conventional resilience building processes. Poole adds that it is critical that at the community level women are involved in all platforms of decision making, to ensure that their needs, issues and concerns are considered.

The Permanent Secretary says this International Day of Rural Women is a key moment to galvanize action by all stakeholders to support rural women and girls to not only rebuild their lives after COVID-19 and disasters but increase their resilience to be better prepared to face future crises.

Ratu Viliame Seruvakula elected as GCC Chair
Former Republic of Fiji Military Forces 3 FIR Commanding Officer and Wainibuka, Tailevu Chief, Ratu Viliame Seruvakula is the new chairman of the Grea...
1 hour ago
23 operational leaders in Fiji recruiting for suspected pyramid schemes – FCCC CEO
There are 23 known operational leaders, also known as coaches or mentors, across Fiji who are recruiting people for suspected pyramid schemes for ...
1 hour ago

ANZ repels millions of unsuccessful cyber attacks
There have been millions of unsuccessful cyber attacks targeted towards the ANZ network in a month to get access to the system however, via a strong ...
2 hours ago

You must be Chiefs for all - Rabuka
As an elected politician I do not act only for the iTaukei, I’m the servant of all communities that call Fiji home. That was the message from ...
2 hours ago

BSP Life pays $94 million in benefits, highest payout in 147 years
BSP Life, Fiji’s largest Life and Health insurer, and member of the BSP Financial Group, paid $94 million in various customer benefits in ...
3 hours ago

Drivers concerned about speeding Government vehicles along Queen’s Highway
Following serious concerns raised by many drivers about government vehicles that have been seen speeding and driving dangerously along Queen’s ...
4 hours ago


fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Kishore Kumar Trial
Kishore Kumar is charged with allegedly making false claims on his Facebook page, Kishore Kumar Publications that there was a porn video of ...
8 days ago

Concerns raised regarding the state of CWM Hospital
General and Chief Pediatric Surgeon at the CWM Hospital, Dr Josese Turagava says due to the increase in the number of people who are moving to the ...
9 days ago

HSBC Perth 7s 2024
The Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s side secured a 4th place finish at the HSBC Perth 7s while the Fijiana 7s finished 8th in the Women’s ...
25 days ago