Woman Community activist joins Fiji Constitutional Commission

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23 April 2012

The newest member of Fji's Constitutional Commission has promised to be a voice for "normal people."  Peni Moore has been a women's and children's rights activist for more than 25 years, and is the Creative Director of the NGO Women's Action for Change. She has been named the fifth and final member of the commission, which will oversee the drafting of a new constitution for Fiji. Ms Moore told Radio Australia that she hopes she is seen as being approachable. "I'm not from any high ranking place, I don't walk around in a suit and high heels, people know me as just the person down the road, so they feel comfortable talking with me," she said. She says she hopes this encourages more people to become part of the process.

"I think that's what it is about; allowing people who wouldn't normally be part of decision making to know they'll be safe to come and talk." Ms Moore has worked with women, at-risk teenagers and former prisoners throughout Fiji. The commission will be chaired by constitutional law scholar Professor Yash Ghai, and now includes three women and two men. The group is due to sign off on the consultation and drafting process by the end of February 2012. The regime abolished the constitution in 2009 after the country's appeal court ruled that the interim government was illegal.

[Radio Australia]

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