Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Forum in Suva, Fiji
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean will next week represent New Zealand at the third Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Forum in Suva, Fiji.
The week long forum is an opportunity for politicians from across the Australia Pacific Region to share experiences and parliamentary expertise as well as connect with their peers and counterparts.
Mrs Dean said this year's programme, “Family Violence” in the Pacific, will provide a stock take of relevant legislation in the region including explanations of international norms, standards and the identification of best practices.
"The sessions will enable all attending to speak about their work on legislation, challenges confronted and how they were overcome. We'll also discuss engagement with stakeholders, civil society, churches, NGOs, government, other parliamentarians and lobbying for resources.
"Towards the conclusion we'll look to whether we as government are engaging the right agencies and strategies, stages of legislation and how ineffectiveness can be overcome.
"Finally we'll look at how can MP's hold governments accountable, what steps parliamentarians can take to evaluate the success of policy and process and ask more of their governments. Many attending the conference will have been actively involved in efforts to help those in their communities who are suffering as a result of family violence.
"This Forum is definitely a place where all attending can put voice to and share their experiences," Mrs Dean said.