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Police women take time off to celebrate Mother's Day

Avinesh Gopal
Sunday, May 13, 2012

THEY make up more than 20 per cent of the Fiji Police Force's manpower of officers and civilian staff.

And since most of them are also mothers, they are faced with the challenge of juggling their responsibility of work and family life daily.

Considering their hard work in enforcing the law, senior women officers were hosted to a morning tea by the Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua's wife, Kesaia Naivalurua, at their residence in Suva yesterday.

Senior female officers from the Northern, Western, Central and Eastern divisions got together a bit earlier to celebrate Mother's Day, which will be celebrated today.

Police public relations manager Ana Naisoro said it was an opportunity for the senior female officers to meet and share their special day ahead of today.

Mrs Naivalurua acknowledged the dedication and hard work of the women officers, especially the challenges they faced in juggling their work commitment and family life.

Yat Sen Secondary School principal Iva Teilai shared her life experiences and challenged the female officers to make a difference.

"You should be able to ask yourself if you've made an impact on others' lives, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you, for others it might mean a whole lot more," she said.

Mrs Naivalurua told the women officers that they had been given food for thought that needed to be explored and taken seriously.

"In everything we do, whether it's on the personal or professional front, we must leave a legacy so that in generations to come we can say that we did our best for our children, our family and our society."

She also stressed to the officers the importance of not taking things for granted.

"We might do things that seem like mundane tasks but you'll be surprised at how those actions, whether they may be spoken or unspoken, can leave a legacy that you and others can be proud of," said Mrs Naivalurua.

The officers also exchanged gifts to commemorate Mother's Day.





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