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Step Up On Gender Equality: Vuniwaqa

  Women need to step up in order for nations like Fiji to achieve gender equality. That was the advice from the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini
07 Jul 2018 10:00
Step Up On Gender Equality: Vuniwaqa
Minister for Women, Children, and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa

 

Women need to step up in order for nations like Fiji to achieve gender equality.

That was the advice from the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa during her official address at the Women at the Frontlines Conference.

The event was held at the Fiji’s Ex-servicemen League Building in Lautoka, on Thursday.

“Today more than ever before the world recognises that gender equality is critical for true and inclusive national development,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

“Thus in order for nations to achieve gender equality, women need to step-up, we need to step forward and put our hand up in whatever frontline of influence we may currently be serving in whether it be religion, media, Government, education, business, family or Arts and Entertainment.

“Women need to shed their cloaks of timidity because that is not something from God.

“The spirit that God has given us is one of power, let that power spill forth in whatever frontline you might be serving in.”

She said conferences such as this give women a great opportunity to reflect on the roles they played in society.

Role of a mother

“This is a role that is unique to women and women alone, it has the unmatched potential to shape a community and a nation,” Ms Vuniwaqa

said,

She questioned the efforts been given by mothers in these special and unique role.

“Particularly for us women, who work in other frontlines outside of the family, how much time are we investing into our families and the raising of our children- the raising of the future of our nation,” she added.

Edited by Percy Kean

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