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Ravuiwasa: Chance To Work In Mine A Breakthrough

Ravuiwasa: Chance To Work In Mine A Breakthrough
Manager Geological Survey Division Rigieta Ravuiwasa during the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources International Women's Day Celebrations on March 9, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua.
March 11
11:00 2018

Bill amendment now allows women to work in mines.

To be given an opportunity to work underground is a dream come true for women.

These were the words of Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources manager geological survey divi­sion and mapping geologist, Rigi­eta Ravuiwasa, 32, of Rakiraki. She has maternal links to Mavana in Vanuabalavu, Lau.

She had joined the Mineral Re­sources Department in 2008.

She graduated from the Univer­sity of the South Pacific with Bach­elor’s Degree in Environmental Science majoring in Earth Science. She is an Adi Cakobau School old scholar who graduated from Year 12 in 2002.

She shared about her first experi­ences in the mines.

Ms Ravuiwasa said the first time she visited the mine was in 2006 during a field trip to the mines from USP. During her first visit, the mine was not operational. She was the only female in the group at the time.

“Since I joined the Mineral Re­sources Department, I have had many opportunities to visit the mines while it was operational as I continued to learn about it theoreti­cally,” she said.

“It was a very different and re­freshing experience for me al­though it was very different from what we had learned in the theory.

“Before it was mostly a male domi­nated industry as the men used to go under the mines and do the hard work whereas the women were mostly in the administration de­partments.

“The bill amendment was a very big opportunity for all the women in the department and also the young women who are interested in the field.

“The bill gives us a legal platform to work in the mine as hard and as much as the men do,” Ms Ravui­wasa said.

She said she was fortunate to work in a male dominated environment and proved that women could do the same work that men do.

“I was recognised to work in such an environment and over the years we have seen a significant number of women joining the team,” she said.

“The bill passed in parliament was a milestone for women to be recognised in such an industry.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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