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'Vote for women'

Torika Tokalau
Thursday, March 13, 2014

A WOMEN in Politics picture exhibition was launched last week at the Fiji Museum by former politician Taufa Vakatale.

Ms Vakatale thanked the National Council of Women for their initiative to the public to think about the people they will put in parliament from the national elections later in the year.

She said people should vote for the party that had the most women.

"I hope you vote for the party that has 40 per cent of women candidates; that they (parties) do not put them at the last," she said.

"Then you get a good representation of women in parliament."

She labelled the beginning of her career in politics as an "accident", saying she reached the top of the ladder in her career as a teacher.

"You have to be to be able to fight your way to the top. I didn't have any qualms about my ability because I knew I could hold my own with men," she said.

"I admire the people who are taking the risks now. But there shouldn't be many risks because there are more openings now than there were during my days.

"There's always a glass ceiling, you can't see through it — women are given the same opportunity as men, let's face facts — you have to be much better than the men."

She remembers former politicians who paved the way for women in politics before her such as Loma Livingston and Irene Jai Narayan.

The Women in Politics exhibition will run until October.

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