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Come Out Of Comfort Zones, Walk Extra Mile: Vuniwaqa

Women were reminded to come out of their comfort zones and walk the extra mile in being agents of raising awareness on issues that affect women in Fiji. Minister for
10 Sep 2017 11:00
Come Out Of Comfort Zones, Walk Extra Mile: Vuniwaqa
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, MereseiniVuniwaqa with participants at the Women in Development and Organisational Performance Workshop at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

Women were reminded to come out of their comfort zones and walk the extra mile in being agents of raising awareness on issues that affect women in Fiji.

Minister for Children, Women and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa told participants of the Women in Development and Organisational Performance Workshop at Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi which ended on Friday.

The workshop included 51 members of the Department of Women who were part of the weeklong programme that discussed ways to improve the unit’s deliverance.

“Don’t be scared to tell your bosses the right thing to do, try to come out of your comfort zone and inform people about your work so they can know where to turn if they have any problems,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

One of the values of any organisation, she said was personal initiative, doing something without being told.

“Knowledge and technical expertise can be taught but what we cannot teach you is your personal initiative, only you will know how to carry out your roles accordingly without anyone telling you what to do,” she said.

She also advised her staff to study the Bill of Rights and National Gender Policy as they are the two documents that form the core expectations of the ministry.

Ms Vuniwaqa hoped that what they have learned from the workshop would enhance the services provided by the ministry.

“I hope that this workshop will help you give optimum performance in the ministry,” Ms Vuniwaqa added.

Ms Vuniwaqa further said capacity building and team bonding were important factors to enhance their roles.

“Women in Fiji made half of the nation’s population; it is the ministry’s mandate to see that the interests of these women are served,” she said.

“Compassion comes with service delivery, be an inspiration to other women or women’s groups, there is a lot of potential in this ministry.

Workshop participant, senior women interest officer, Raijeli Mawa described the workshop as learning that inspires reformation.

“Being ethical even comes when no one is monitoring our work, we should be agents of change in the area of gender equality and do it with professionalism,” Ms Mawa said.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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