HAVING been in mainstream politics for five years, the Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa, is ready to lead the Social Democratic and Liberal Party (SODELPA) if given the opportunity.
She told The Fiji Times she had applied to SODELPA to be the party leader.
"I also applied with others. The position will be announced on February 28," Ro Teimumu said.
"I believe if you are applying for a certain position, you would be applying knowing that if the position is given to you, you are ready to serve in whatever capacity."
She said the country only stood to benefit from leaders who provided for their people.
"I think the country is looking for leaders that they believe can provide a better future than what we have right now."
Ro Teimumu said Fiji's political arena had changed significantly as the majority of the voting public were youths.
"Now, it is not people who voted in the past. We are looking at young voters also."
She said if given the opportunity to lead SODELPA, she would focus on the aspirations and dreams of the country's women and youths.
"It is important to treat everyone equally."
Women in politics:
With lots of focus being put on women to enter politics, Ro Teimumu believes entering politics is not an easy task for women.
She said it would not be easy for women at a young age because they looked after their families, educated children and fed them. Ro Teimumu said the first priority for women was to look after their families.
Ro Teimumu said politics had a lot of risks for young women.
She said most women nowadays were either employed in the private or public sector which meant if they entered politics; they had to resign from their jobs and invest in campaigns.
Ro Teimumu said investing in politics was not an easy task as one had to resign from their job.