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Vuniwaqa Urges More Women to Stand in 2018 General Election

Vuniwaqa Urges More Women to Stand in 2018 General Election
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa speaking at the Nadroga Andhra Sangam Nari Sangh Women’s Forum at Sigatoka Andhra Sangam College on January 6, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
January 07
11:00 2018

 

The Minister for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa last night urged more women to stand for the General Election this year.

Ms Vuniwaqa was addressing the Nadroga Andhra Sangam Nari Sangh Women’s Forum at Sigatoka Andhra Sangam College.

She said given that more 50 per cent of the voting population were women they had the power to make an impact in the upcoming elections.

Ms Vuniwaqa added: “We have more women graduating from tertiary institutions than men and we have more women owning businesses than yester years.

“We have women who have shattered stereotypes by entering workforces that were male-dominated.”

She was speaking to more than 100 women at a forum aimed at empower­ing women of the Nadroga Andhra Sangam Nari Sangh community.

Additionally, Ms Vuniwaqa said women in Fiji now had better ac­cess to the justice system when their rights were being violated through domestic violence.

Officials from the ministry also gave presentations on how women can ac­cess the ministry’s services.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

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