Honorable Mereseini Rakuita Vuniwaqa officiates “Women during COVID-19” Seminar
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Honorable Mereseini Rakuita Vuniwaqa, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation with FIA President Ravinesh Singh.
The seminar was organised by The Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) as part of their Women in Leadership 2020 series at the Post Graduate Theatre, Laucala Bay Campus.
Hon Vuniwaqa shared her professional and personal experiences in working through COVID-19 and spoke on the need for women's involvement in leadership and that women themselves need to take the initiative to challenge themselves into taking up leadership roles at their workplace or in any other facets of their lives.
Mrs Vuniwaqa said the forum was important as it gave chance to interact with women and men to share experiences and journeys as leaders.
“It is an opportunity for all of us in the room to interact, enhance, improve and learn from each other and from the panelist on what we can do individually and as a collective to empower women and to contribute to our national plan,” she said.
Hon Vuniwaqa emphasised that FIA’s Women in Leadership 2020 Series provides women with opportunities to listen and interact with other women and men and share their experiences and journey as leaders.
“And to discuss the theme like ‘Women during COVID 19’ with inspiring women and men is an opportunity to raise the bar to effectively continue creating strong women leaders in the journey of COVID-19,” she said.
“Empowering women and girls effectively translates to greater economic growth and development, she said.
While addressing the audience, FIA President Ravinesh Singh said as the premier accounting body in Fiji and within the region the FIA recognises the need for more women leaders in all fields.
“The Women’s Initiatives Committee has an important mission and that is to promote an environment of equal opportunity and engagement of both genders with a focus of advancing women to leadership positions. With the lack of women in senior positions here in Fiji it is essential to consider that women and men often approach life differently,” he said.
Mr Singh said that since the establishment of the Institute in 1972 to date we have had 37 Presidents of which 5 have been women.
“FIA looks forward to improving these statistics in the future by encouraging women to aspire to be leaders in their respective fields.
He added the Institute acknowledges the continuing collaboration between the FIA and the University of the South Pacific.
Panelists were Jenny Seeto, Retired Managing Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers & Consultant; Andrew Thompson, Human Resources Manager, South Pacific Commission; Liliwaimanu Vuiyasawa a Solicitor, Munro Leys.
Women were especially encouraged to develop and take up leadership roles in their personal and professional lives and embrace the new norm post COVID-19.
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