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The gender gap shows the credibility gap

The Bainimarama military regime has tried to present an image of itself as a reformist government. They call the halving of our sugar production, the bank-rupting of FSC and the impoverishment of thousands of cane farmers ‘reform’.

They even try to tell us that they are leading a charge of feminist reform but the truth is they’re a 2 man band and women are more marginalised than ever. Fiji has slipped four places to 117 among 136 countries in the 2013 World Gender Gap Index, with poor marks for political empowerment and economic participation for women.

Bainimarama’s cabinet has five military men (five out of eleven) and only one woman. Four out of twenty four Permanent Secretaries are women, the same as the number of military men in the ranks of Permanent Secretaries. It’s obvious a military government is a male-dominated government and it goes without saying, an undemocratic government.

The one woman in Cabinet is pure window-dressing. The regime’s propaganda regularly shows her handing out sewing machines in a blatant attempt at vote-buying in iTaukei villages.

When it comes to women in the senior ranks of the civil service the treatment of Mere Vuniwaqa shows us how it works. She was pushed out without explanation for daring to exercise the responsibility of her office, and then replaced by a pip-squeak upstart, chosen for his close links to the illegal A-G.

Actions speak louder than words and the actions of the military regime are clear. They were installed by force of arms and the message they send to everyone is might is right. The sad result of this example is that family violence is worse than ever and home invasions and assaults have not decreased.

23 thoughts on “The gender gap shows the credibility gap

  1. Oh this regime leaves all the stuff that matters, the hard stuff like accountability etc for the NEXT elected government. They still see it a sreasonable they do nothing when their thugs beats people up and don’t even pretend to start an investigation…but expect the next lot to floolw their rule of law?!! Pack of self-serving hypocrites. ‘Do as we say not as we do’??!! The ‘constitution’ that they have had created to suit themselves… even now they are not prepared to be held to that standard either, that also is for the next bunch!!!

  2. And excellent analysis of “the government of the day” . it’s true character and it’s lies and propaganda have been laid bare.This “government of the day” – the Bainimarama military regime – is not about gender parity or bettering the lives of the people of Fiji. It is about itself and its self-serving agenda. Most people in Fiji know that after witnessing the way this coup installed government has been carrying on for the last 7 years.
    Just because the people have not taken to the streets to protest does not mean they don’t know what this gang have been up to.
    The people are quietly bidding their time.
    When the time is right they will kick them out.
    The Bainimarama dictatorship is only fooling itself by thinking the people love them.That they are a popular government.
    All dictator’s delude themselves that way.
    Marcos, Mubarak, Musharraf.
    The last thought he was still so popular he came back from England to contest the elections in Pakistan!
    He ended up in court and in jail!!

  3. I asked this question in C4.5 but no-one has offered an answer so I am asking it here once again .
    How many military wallahs are parked in the Provincial Council offices around the country to keep an eye on things on the ground for the Bainimarama military regime?
    We know Bainimarama said no military personnel will benefit from his coup but military personnel are parked everywhere because it is after all a military government that is running the country although they are lying about it and pretending it’s a civilian government and want everyone to believe them.
    But lies are lies.

  4. RN

    How many? not sure, but military officers are in every department, provincial councils and government corporate entities. They are there when you arrive and they see you off when you leave…they might even be there if you enter a public convenience, especially the dirty and smelly ones.

  5. Quote from Fijivillage on the Pig’s speech in Serua

    “…Commodore Bainimarama stressed that the itaukei people need to change their attitude and mindset as he will never allow anyone to return to the events of 1987 and 2000.”

    Does he think he is God? He says he will never allow anyone to return to the events of 1987 and 20000 but he is yet to win the election. And for the idiot to stand he needs to resign as Commander… once he does be becomes a nobody and ordinary as ole thief so to speak.

  6. Ok.

    What % of ministers were women in the SdL governemnt?

    What % of women PS?

    Pls note said %, not numbers.

  7. The Waila City Authority acting chief executive Isikeli Navuda has announced the Waila City project is “progressing slowly”. On the Western side we have the Larry Claunch casino going nowhere fast, so it’s only right we have the Waila City project going nowhere Suva side. Why not combine the two and put the casino in Waila City? It couldn’t be any worse. What taxpayers want to know is how much government money or concessions have been poured down this drain by the regime which is a magnet for con-men and shysters.

  8. Is Rajend Naidu confused?

    Quote – I asked this question in C4.5 but no-one has offered an answer so I am asking it here once again

    “” How many military wallahs are parked in the Provincial Council offices around the country to keep an eye on things on the ground for the Bainimarama military regime? “”

    “” We know Bainimarama said no military personnel will benefit from his coup but military personnel are parked everywhere “”

    Looks like you never got an answer because you answered yourself.

  9. who gives a friggin shit about this gender thing? whats it got to do with frank and his rubbish firkin shit?

  10. Rajend ..you didn’t get an answer becos despite your self illusions of grandeur, you are an insignificant dickhead who suddenly answers to a white man, Mark Manning and you think you are a big mover. Ho hum rubbish from you. Go look after your baby son at Dilkusha.

  11. @ $$$

    Is that so? Then put your name where your $big mouth$ is, or are you another of them corrupt scumbags running the country to the ground.

  12. Pls don’t anything to rajend naidu. He is. A die hard FLp supporter. His son worked in my office.

    I have personally told him to bark against the IG. Like a good dog, he obeys me.

  13. This is the most corrupted government Fiji has had since independence.

    The people of Fiji would like to know the following:

    1. What is the salary and benefit of ILLEGAL P.M., A.G and others.

    2. What assets they had before 2006 and what they have now.

    3. What % of people live below the poverty line?

    4. Compare the cost of living now and what it was before 2006.

    5. What is our national debt?

    6. What % of people are employed?

    The people of Fiji are worse off now whilst some are raking money and building their empire.

    They are group of power hungry thugs.

  14. Criminals follow the high example set for them by the traitors in charge. No wonder the army and Police have sunk so low.

  15. another discernible gap is in the head of the arsehole@ rajend’s father and the arsehole@ mahendra pal chaudary. the two should get together and massage each others head with their mouths!

  16. Ratu Sai, too right. Bainimarama mouthing off again against the itaukei people. we sure do not want him and his rogue government back. 8 years of military dictatorship is enough.

  17. …. all kaivitis so whats your problem ratu and losa??? when kai india or muslim you complain…when kaiviti you still complain..wtf..if you don’t like go and get rid of the kaivitis that are running the country..the pm is the boss of the government and the senile ratu is the head of state…so u kaivitis still complaining cos the muslims are smatter and got your kaitivits balls in a strangle hold??? u bloody bocis..u just like them whinging poms in ausie land

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