Several of the Fijian residents are laboring workers that qualified for retirement, disability, and survivor benefits, to which they pay 7% of their wages, corresponding by their employers. Big businesses also pay for workmen’s reimbursement, covering both provisional and permanent disability aids. The government gives the women with equal rights and contains affirmative action provisions for the disadvantaged. Amendments that took effect in 1998 address legal discrimination against women in the areas of spousal and offspring rights.
Fijian women predominantly achieve old-fashioned roles, although some do accomplish leadership roles in the public and private sectors. Garment workers, who are generally female, are subject to a lower minimum wage than that specified for other workers. Domestic abuse appears to be on the rise partially due to financial hardship, and an active women’s rights movement is addressing the problem.
The government openly endorses the rights of ethnic Fijians above that of other ethnic groups. Ethnic Fijians dominate in senior government locations and in the ownership of land. While Indo-Fijians may be found in senior positions in the private sector, few are in government. Indo-Fijians are sometimes the matter to discrimination. Human rights abuses are occasionally reported. However, Fiji’s major human problem remains discrimination against ethnic minorities.