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We Need More Women To Lead, Says Minister Vuniwaqa

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa is urging more women to take part in the 2018 General Elections. “I really do not care which political party you
12 Mar 2017 16:10
We Need More Women To Lead, Says Minister Vuniwaqa
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa is urging more women to take part in the 2018 General Elections.

“I really do not care which political party you stand for, but we need more women out there,” she said.

Ms Vuniwaqa was speaking yesterday during the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk at the University of the South Pacific (USP).

“There are about 193 Member States of United Nations and 19 are female leaders both as Heads of State and Heads of Government,” she said.

“Eight out of 19 are the first female leaders in their country, 22.8 per cent of the world parliamentarians are women.”

Ms Vuniwaqa said the perspective of women on policies that were raised at the national level was different.

“I go out to villages, communities and informal settlements and talk to them, and men will always sit in the front and talk to me during the talanoa session, but women are sitting quiet at the back,” she said.

“I always take my time and to go sit with them and when you hear issues that come out of them, it’s very different, they are bread and butter issues, important issues that affect our children, elderly, disabled.”

Ms Vuniwaqa said she would want to see someone becoming Fiji’s first female leader.

“I did not have this privilege of women mentoring me when I was growing up. My mentors were my parents,” she said.

“Mentors do not have to be someone from the professional field, it could be your mum or dad, your grandmother or aunt, somebody at home,” she said.

Ms Vuniwaqa said she went through high school not knowing what to become in life. It was her father who determined her career path.

She urged women to work hard in whatever professional field they were in and shine.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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