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Women Need To Challenge Status Quo: Luveni

Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni yesterday said women needed to take bold action to make a difference in society. “The UN has recognised the importance of empowering women under
19 Oct 2016 11:00
Women Need To Challenge Status Quo: Luveni
Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni (second from left), addressing delegates at the RANZCOG 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting. Photo: Parliament News

Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni yesterday said women needed to take bold action to make a difference in society.

“The UN has recognised the importance of empowering women under the Sustainable Development Goals and stronger women can make a difference in the development process of any nation,” Dr Luveni said.

“One must be bold enough to challenge the status quo.”

Dr Luveni was speaking to 200 specialists in trainees and medical professionals from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RANZCOG) in Perth, Western Australia.

The three-day ‘East Meets West’ Annual Scientific Meeting is themed “Stronger Women, Stronger Society”

“Women have the multiplying skills that they learn and they need to expand from their being professionals to build a stronger society,” Dr Luveni said.

From dentistry to being the first woman Speaker of Parliament, it was through having bold ideas and the courage to take bold action.

Addressing gender issues, Dr Luveni said there was a need to increase women representation in Parliament, so that women could have a say in the policies and laws of any country.

She also thanked Australia and New Zealand for the immediate assistance and support to the people of Fiji affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

 



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