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Girmitiya Women An Inspiration: Reddy

Women have the power and the strength to change the world, says Minister for Education, Heritage and Art Mahendra Reddy. He paid tribute to Girmitya women pioneers during the Girmit
12 May 2016 13:27
Girmitiya Women An Inspiration: Reddy
Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy, Tui Vuda Ratu Kitione Tavaiqia, Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau lights the diya during the Girmit Celebration at Saweni Market ground in Lautoka last night. Photo:Litia Tikomailepanoni

Women have the power and the strength to change the world, says Minister for Education, Heritage and Art Mahendra Reddy.

He paid tribute to Girmitya women pioneers during the Girmit Celebration at the Saweni Market ground, Lautoka, last night.

“People need to give the same respect, care and opportunity to them as any other gender,” Mr Reddy said.

“The Girmityas perhaps never had this opportunity, but certainly in this contemporary world opportunity for equality is a global foundation.”

Mr Reddy said this at the celebrations also marked the 100 years since the abolishment of the Indenture Labour System in Fiji.

“Our mothers were not spared of the work either and they also spent the greater part of the day in the farms.

“Their struggles are a pillar of strength and a source of inspirations for all women now; this is what we are celebrating, the stories of inspiration and tolerance,” he said.

Mr Reddy added that just the relentless efforts of the indentured labourers to work hard each day are a tale of inspiration for us all.

“Our children need to be guided to work together in racial harmony and do what is best for the country.

“We need to teach our children the important roles that different ethnic groups play whilst contributing to the nation’s economy, peace and prosperity.

“We need to see the virtues the past teach us and exemplify that in our lives, this is the most memorial we can give back to our ancestors.”

Meanwhile, Commissioner Western, Manasa Tagicakibau who was also represent encouraged the youths to draw inspiration from the hardship and sacrifice of the Girmityas forefathers.

“It is a challenge for the youth of today to emulate the significant progress achieved by those early Girmitiyas,” Mr Tagicakibau added.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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