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Fiji In­stitute of Accountants’ Women Members Urged To Support Each Other

In 1995, FIA had approximately 424 financial members, 84 per cent were men while 16 per cent, wom­en. By 2007 the women increased to 31 per cent and today I am pleased to announce it is 38 per cent.
05 Mar 2019 14:42
Fiji In­stitute of Accountants’ Women Members Urged To Support Each Other
FIA executive director Beverly Seeto, Chartered Accountant and KPMG partner Renu Chand, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Premilla Kumar, Reserve Bank of Fiji chief manager governor’s Office Lorraine Seeto, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, (German International Cooperation – GIZ) head of administration and finance and Fijian Holdings Group Board Director, Kalpana Lal at the Holiday Inn, Suva on March 4, 2019. Photo: Simione Haranavanua

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Pre­milla Kumar reminded the women members of the Fiji In­stitute of Accountants of their role to help eliminate gender disparity.

Speaking during the FIA Women Leadership Series at the Holiday Inn, Suva, yesterday, Mrs Kumar highlighted the increasing number of women representative in FIA over the past 24 years.

Mrs Kumar also stressed that there is need to close the gender gap amongst leadership positions.

“It is always a pleasure to cel­ebrate the success of other women and also to be part of a forum where women issues are discussed,” Mrs Kumar said.

“In 1995, FIA had approximately 424 financial members, 84 per cent were men while 16 per cent, wom­en. By 2007 the women increased to 31 per cent and today I am pleased to announce it is 38 per cent.

“This is a growth of one per cent per annum for the past 24 years.

“Slowly and surely women par­ticipation has increased which is important.

“I would like to see the number go higher in terms of executive posi­tions.”

She added: “Gender issues such discrimination and the sheer low number of women in boards and committees, including parliament as head of organisations are still debates that attract everyone’s at­tention.

“As an organisation FIA, has taken the step to launch women in leadership series with the aim to promote the leadership roles and provide a platform for women to come together to listen and inter­act to share the experiences.”

Mrs Kumar said as a woman poli­tician it was not easy.

She added for women to grow they need the support and assistance from other women.

“If you want to progress in life we need to start with women first and stop accusing men,” she said.

“There are problems at work plac­es, there are also discriminations but to push a woman into leader­ship roles it has to come from wom­en themselves.

“As a policy maker the first step is awareness and I think there is enough awareness about gender disparity, we need to diagnose the problem in a much clearer way.”

FIA Executive Director Beverly Seeto said they aim to make the se­ries and quarterly event.

Ms Seeto added the series has given the opportunity for women to not only share their experiences but also learn from women lead­ers like Mrs Kumar, Chartered Ac­countant and KPMG partner Renu Chand and Reserve Bank of Fiji Chief Manager Governor’s Offices­Lorraine Seeto

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