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Zalika Wins Lautoka Oratory

Soroptimist International Lautoka organised International Women’s Day Oratory contest yesterday. About 24 schools from around Lautoka took part in the oratory which was held at Saru MGM School. The theme:
10 Mar 2015 12:18
Zalika Wins  Lautoka Oratory

Soroptimist International Lautoka organised International Women’s Day Oratory contest yesterday.

About 24 schools from around Lautoka took part in the oratory which was held at Saru MGM School.

The theme: ‘Make it Happen-encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women’ was embraced.

The Overall Grand Orator prize was won by Zalika Shameem, a Year Eight student of Lautoka Central School.

Shameem spoke about the important role women play in their communities.

“Women should be recognised and advance as they play a very important role in our community,” she said.

“I really think women should be given importance because without them, human species would not exist.”

She pledges to continue to advocate for women in the future as she says it is necessary for women to be recognised by their efforts.

The chairperson of Lautoka Central School Oratory Committee, Sima Diveka Kumar, commended the orators and the schools which took part.

“She did very well. As a young girl she should be motivated. For the other students, nothing is impossible especially for girls, you are equal to boys and if you are given one opportunity, do it with full commitment.”

The first runner-up was Sabeeha Fatima of Lautoka Muslim College while second runner-up was Angelica Joseph of Saru MGM.

Lautoka SI president Zareena Bi said the International Women’s Day is about the support given to women over time.

“We need more such support in the future and that is why it is important to include men in all advocacies where status of women is concerned.

“It is about men like my father and all those fathers who believe in the education of their daughters,” he said.

Nineteen females and five male orators took part in the event.

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