Removing Over a 100 Years of Discrimination
|KaiSolomoni sewing group at Wailoku|
“We have many histories, many heritages, and many stories. It is this diversity that makes Fiji the dynamic country it is today and that shapes our common identity. My Government has been working to ensure that all Fijians are treated equally and with dignity. Together we stand as Fijians, united as a nation.”
Spokesman of the Fiji Solomon Islands Descendents Association, Josateki Gusuivalu, said they welcomed Government’s plans to eradicate discrimination:
“We, the descendents of Solomon Islands labourers being for so long the victims of discrimination, stigmatisation, marginalisation and other suppressing laws and policies, are very grateful with the Government’s intention to urgently remove unjustifiable systems, policies and programmes which are based on racial discrimination or narrow communal considerations,”
Mr Gusuivalu said it was their desire and determination to contribute positively to the development of Fiji.They firmly believed that the Peoples Charter held the key to a better Fiji.
The PM used the opportunity to encourage all present to register with the electronic voter registration system to be able to cast their vote in 2014: “This is an important right and responsibility of all Fijians. In order to vote in the 2014 elections, you must be registered.”
He also urged them to make submissions to the Constitutional Commission: “This is an opportunity for Fijians to speak their mind about what they want for the future of Fiji. To say what is important to them and to their families. To speak from the heart. No submission is too small and no subject is irrelevant. Tell the Commission what principles and values you want your Government to adhere to,” he said. -- Based on the Fiji Sun article by Jyoti Pratibha