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Vanuatu Women Happy With Learning Here

A  five-member delegation from the Port Vila Municipality Council were in Fiji earlier this week. The delegation, led by Deputy Lord Mayor, Leimara Malachi, has four women councillors from Port
07 Nov 2014 09:39
Vanuatu Women Happy With Learning Here

A  five-member delegation from the Port Vila Municipality Council were in Fiji earlier this week.

The delegation, led by Deputy Lord Mayor, Leimara Malachi, has four women councillors from Port Vila, Vanuatu.

They were here to study sustainable developments in Fiji.

Fiji’s Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, had a meeting with the councillors at the ministry’s headquarters in Suva on Wednesday. The High Commissioner of Vanuatu, Nikenike Vurobaravu, was also at the meeting.

This provided an opportunity for the delegation to access information about Fiji’s programmes on women empowerment and poverty alleviation.

Mrs Malachi said the visit to Fiji had been very helpful and would help them perform their roles effectively.

“This has challenged us to do our best in our roles as women councillors. Fiji offers an exemplary model for promoting women development. Through more research, this delegation hopes to come up with similar programmes, to empower women in Vanuatu,” Mrs Malachi said.

Ms Akbar said the ministry looks forward to cooperating with Vanuatu, particularly in areas of women empowerment.

“The ministry is glad to have established this link with Vanuatu municipal councillors. In Fiji, for the first time, elections saw 16 per cent of women candidates, the highest representation of women in Fiji’s politics so far.

“There are many programmes provided by the ministry to empower women as agents of change in their communities…. like social protection programmes and livelihood projects to instill self-reliance and economic empowerment,” Ms Akbar said.

Mr Vurobaravu said the meeting was uplifting for the delegates.

“This is the first time for Port Vila to have women councillors who were elected in Port Vila municipality elections in 2014. Their appointment is very significant because it reflects the change in Vanuatu municipality election laws that for the first time made provisions for women to be elected as councillors. You can say these are the first fruits of that change,” Mr Vurobaravu said.

The delegates returned to Vanuatu yesterday.

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