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Ali’s Term At SPX Ends, Stresses On Need To Set Leadership Rules Right

Women In Business supports the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, Ms Ali said. “We also want to partner with the Ministry of Women to promote women even further,” she said. “It’s the economic empowerment that women need to be able to stand on their own feet, and not get harassed and bullied."
02 Dec 2021 10:40
Ali’s Term At SPX Ends, Stresses On Need To Set Leadership Rules Right
Women In Business members following the annual general meeting at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, on November 30, 2021.From left: Jojivini Raketekete, Alison Southey, Kalpana Lal, Sujatha Nair, Vishala Raman, president Nur Bano Ali, Pratibha Singh, Suman Sekran, Ashna Rajesh, Janice Nand, Azeebah Ali, Hriday Daswaney, Pritansu Raman, Deepa Pillay, Yashmeet Singh, Manju Seth and Lorraine Evans. Photo: Frederica Elbourne

The South Pacific Stock Exchange needs a new chairperson.

Expressions of interest are being advertised for the position, as businesswoman and prominent accountant Dr. Nur Bano Ali completed her full term on the board.

“I’ve served on the SPX board for nine years,” she told SunBiz.

 

“I’ve completed my years, so now I’m the chair of the trustee company.”

“They wanted me to carry on, but then we break the rules if I carry on.”

Her comments followed the annual general meeting for Women in Business, which she presides on as President.

 

“We as women, we have to set the leadership rules right, and follow the rules,” Ms Ali said.

“We as women have to set the example, because women are more ethical.”

“Women are more accountable, more responsible; it is the fact – and that’s why we need more of us in leadership.”

 

Lack Of Female Leadership
The lack of female leadership is a sore point for Women In Business, Ms Ali said.

“It’s embarrassing,” she said.

“It’s unacceptable.”

 

The annual general meeting was held at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

The occasion marked the second physical meeting for Women In Business for 2021.

Women In Business tried on several occasions to meet during the year, but was met with the challenges of COVID-19, Ms Ali said.

 

“The general areas of concern we had this year were harassment; sexual harassment lately has been a feature,” she said.

“And there’s domestic violence, which is on the rise.”

 

Economic Empowerment
Women In Business supports the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, Ms Ali said.

“We also want to partner with the Ministry of Women to promote women even further,” she said.

“It’s the economic empowerment that women need to be able to stand on their own feet, and not get harassed and bullied.”

 

“We recognise the lack of economic empowerment, the bullying and harassment, as a very negative and a very dangerous feature.”

“In every household, unless women are economically empowered and financially independent, they are bullied – they really are.”

“It’s as simple as that.”

 

Limitations
Such limitations keep a lot of women from attaining leadership roles, Ms Ali said.

While the workforce comprised women, the levels they achieved within the employment sector was not high enough, she said.

“Many women are at lower levels, while some women are right on top of the hierarchy.”

 

“We are planning to hold some workshops to prepare them a bit more in terms of directorships and all that.”

“We really want to achieve more numbers of women in leadership and decision making.”

 

Meanwhile, board of directors are as follows:
–  Nur Bano Ali.
–  Kalpana Lal.
–  Janice Nand.
–  Vishala Raman.
–  Mareta Fong.
–  Karen Lobendahn.
–  Alison Southey.

 

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj



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