SHE strongly believes in democracy and the rule of law.
And she recognises the fact that without these two, it is difficult and nearly impossible to improve people's lives and livelihood.
Originally from Narere in Nasinu, Roshika Deo confirmed she will contest the 2014 elections as an independent candidate.
"This allows me to directly represent the people and their issues without going through party lines and policies," Ms Deo said.
A lawyer by profession, she works as a team leader at a women's NGO.
Ms Deo has been involved in community service and development, volunteer work and activism work in communities, at grassroots level and also at policy level for the past 10 years.
The 32-year old is also active in communities, visible in public forums and heavily involved in improving the lives of children, women and young people.
Ms Deo was the sole co-ordinator of the One Billion Rising Campaign's Pacific Campaign in February this year.
She brought the global campaign to end violence against women and girls to a regional level and then to national level in Fiji.
Ms Deo managed to use her extensive networking and community relationships to mobilise about 500 people, men and women from rural and urban areas, to march and dance on the streets of Suva during that campaign.
"This was a difficult task, especially given that people mobilisation has been greatly lacking in Fiji due to the social and political climate."
Ms Deo interacted with government bodies, with communities, with organisations, with businesses and individuals including the media to make the campaign one of Fiji's biggest and most widespread stakeholder involvement.
She also used Facebook effectively to mobilise and create awareness for this purpose.
She was the co-ordinator of the emerging leaders forum alumni for two years. As well, she set up the governance structure and motivated the young women of this group to do about 30 events in the past two years, including Take Back the Streets Fiji project.
Ms Deo sees herself as a role model for women and young people, and also an inspiration for Fijian women of Indian descent.
She is also known internationally for her community work, being the first Rotaractor (member of Rotaract club) to be awarded the Paul Harris Award in 2009 by a Rotary Club outside Fiji.
She was given this award for her outstanding contribution and achievement in community service and development from Rotary Club Newmarket in New Zealand.
Ms Deo said some of the most successful projects she had undertaken include the setting up and completion of the Talking Books Library Project at the Fiji School of the Blind; renovations at Dilkusha Girls Home; Dose of Hope project to create awareness on HIV/AIDs; leading, mobilising and doing a project to improve facilities at the St Giles Hospital's kitchen; work in informal settlements; work with the Sujit Kumar Trust and work with children at risk, to name a few.
She was also short-listed for the Amnesty International 2013 Human Rights Defender Award alongside Tamil human rights advocate, A Theva Rajan, former minister of immigration and refugee advocate, A G Aussie Malcolm, inaugural president of the Refugee Council of New Zealand, Dr Nagalingam Rasalingam, and founding member of the Child Poverty Action Group, Susan St John.
"I strongly believe in accountability and I've done several campaigns to hold leaders and people in power responsible for what they should be doing or said they are doing.
"I translate into action what I believe in. I'm politically and socially very active and mobile. I'm learning how to speak the iTaukei language now and I'm very much active, passionate and committed to improving the lives of the people of Fiji."