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Permanent Secretary: Women Can Become Village Heads

Women can become the head of a village if the vanua endorses it, says the Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua. The position, which is a female equivalent of
12 Apr 2017 11:00
Permanent Secretary: Women Can Become Village Heads
Villagers of Ra attending the Draft village By-law consultation at Dadamu House in Nanukuloa, Ra, on April 11, 2017. Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni

Women can become the head of a village if the vanua endorses it, says the Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua.

The position, which is a female equivalent of the turaga-ni-koro or village headman, is now being held by two women, he said.

This was confirmed by Mr Katonitabua during the draft village bylaw consultation at Dadamu House in Nanukuloa, Ra yesterday.

Tevita Barua, of Rakiraki, said women should not hold this title because it was a sensitive position.

But Mr Katonitabua said so far there are two women who are holding this position in their respective villages today.

“And again this is back to the decision of the vanua.

“If they have agreed for a woman to become the turaga-ni-koro it has to be agreed by all parties,” Mr Katonitabua said.

 Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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