‘Allow women to speak’

MINISTER for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa has called on traditional leaders to allow women to speak up during village meetings.

Mrs Vuniwaqa made the plea while speaking to villagers of Lekutu district in Bua on Saturday.

She said she was aware of some cases in which women would sit in meetings only to listen to what transpired but lacked the traditional rights to speak.

Such situation, she said, had to change.

Mrs Vuniwaqa reminded traditional leaders that women were also equipped with knowledge, wisdom and the expertise that would help with village developments.

In most villages around the country, Mrs Vuniwaqa said women had played a vital role in developing village projects.

Enlightening the villagers about the case of the Natuvu Village women in Saqani who opened a new canteen from small businesses of selling tobacco leaves and dried copra, Mrs Vuniwaqa said women could do anything.

She encouraged traditional leaders of the province of Bua to allow their women to participate in issues of development projects.

Mrs Vuniwaqa said projects initiated by women’s clubs around the country had been successful and tremendously benefited many.