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Women In Business Celebrate Women

One woman can make a huge difference; she can inspire so many other women so we can collectively move further. Women in Business (WIB) president, Nur Bano Ali highlighted this
10 Mar 2021 11:10
Women In Business Celebrate Women
From left; Women in Business board member, Vishala Raman, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Rosy Akbar, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar, Women in Business president, Nur Bano Ali and Women in Business executive, Kalpana Lal at the International Women’s Day celebrations on March 8, 2021 at Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva. Photo: Shreya Kumar.

One woman can make a huge difference; she can inspire so many other women so we can collectively move further.

Women in Business (WIB) president, Nur Bano Ali highlighted this at the International Women’s Day celebration organised by the WIB on Monday at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva.

She said it was important that women uplift each other towards success.

“The world will be a better place when more women are in decision making levels,” she said.

“We are about 50 per cent of the world’s total population – so why are we not represented in all decision-making levels yet?

“We must break down historical, cultural and socio-economic barriers that prevent women from getting their seat at the decision-making table.”

She urged all women part of the celebration to continue their quest for equal rights and equal representation.

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar highlighted while women’s rights are written nicely on paper, the realisation of those rights was a struggle faced by many women.

“If you look back and see where we are today, I don’t think much has changed,” she said.

“The main issue is the societal reforms imposed on women because of the patriarchal society we live in.”

She said the theme, ‘Choose to challenge’ for International Women’s Day was fitting because it encouraged women to speak against the societal norms.

“Do not give in when it comes to your dignity and when it comes to your self-respect.

“Women do speak up, but we are not heard. So what? We must continue. This challenge must continue.”

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Rosy Akbar commended women all over the world for their tireless efforts to achieve gender equality.

“We are stronger now than ever,” she said.

“Today is not about celebrating individual achievements as a woman, it is about celebrating the achievements of all women across the globe.”

 

Feedback: shreya.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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