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Women in politics

Ropate Valemei
Saturday, September 24, 2011

THE Soqosoqo Vakamarama aims to achieve 30 per cent participation by women in the political spehere in three years.

"For good governance, we need to increase women's participation in village and provincial board meetings to prepare ourselves for the political arena," said Ilisapeci Namuaira, a representative from Ba.

At a Soqosoqo Vakamarama workshop this week, the involvement of women in community development was discussed.

"There is a need for the involvement of women at village meetings and also in men's gatherings," said generasl secretary Adi Finau Tabakaucoro.

She said women were still being denied participation in some village development plans and decision-making.

"There is a need for leadership training for women," said Ms Namuaira.

She said there was also a need to seek funding for workshops to support their plan. Adi Finau spoke of the need to amend the laws to allow for more participation by women in development.

"The need for the amendment is to build confidence among them," she said.

"Also it will raise the status of women in society."

Adi Finau believes if the involvement of women in the leadership arena grows, a corresponding raise in standards will occur.