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Debate reveals 'weakness'

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A FRIENDLY debate which discussed a woman's ability to both "rock a cradle" as well as "rock a boardroom" took place yesterday, ending in the affirmative team losing the debate by a single vote.

Following their loss, one of the debaters from the affirmative team, Roshika Deo, said while it was a great debate with interesting insights, it could possibly mean that in reality, women tend to undermine their own abilities.

"I think one of the things it could imply or allude to is that a lot of women are undermining themselves, a lot of women think they cannot be mothers and rule or rock the boardroom," Ms Deo told members of the media yesterday morning.

"So I think that what it shows is that women are capable — they can do this —but they always undermine themselves."

She said this lack of personal reassurance could also stem from social structures within society.

"And some of the times, women like the confidence and it's because of the social structures and the social settings that don't propel women forward, that don't boost their confidence, in fact it often drags them down.

"So, I think that's what must have happened because I strongly feel that women can rock the cradle and rock the boardroom."

The International Women's Association Fiji and ANZ hosted the event.


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