A ‘dream’ comes to life

A DREAM of publishing a magazine that solely focused on women’s success stories sacrifices and hard work in the country finally came true for Fay Volatabu.

Volatabu, who is the editor in chief for the newest magazine on the market – “I am Woman”, was able to make her dream come to life with the support from Vintage Link Fiji owner and magazine publisher Lorraine Foster.

During the launch, Ms Foster said the first publication of magazine featured stories of eight women from different backgrounds.

“This was a two year dream of me after I retired as an accountant. I am investing in her (Volatabu’s) dream of publishing a magazine for women,” Ms Foster said.

“This publication is a two-month issue for February and March and people can purchase it for $5. The eight stories in the magazine are about the women’s success and struggles faced by them. Also the essence of the magazine is about good parenting. Stories will be about unknown women in the country and telling their stories.”

After months of preparation, Ms Foster said the newly-launched magazine would be distributed to all major shopping centers, hotels, and pharmacies throughout Fiji.

“We are also planning to have subscriptions for the magazine. People can pay $27 yearly subscriptions for the magazine,” she said.

“This year, six issues will be published and we are encouraging men, the young and the elderly to purchase this magazine.”

Volatabu, who is also general secretary of the National Council of Women, said without these successful women, the magazine would not have become a reality.

“When we started off, a lot of women had this response that they were scared and people will say that I want just talk about myself. So it took long time to convince them that it was not about them but the impact of their stories will have on people. I am so glad the women who decided to say yes, they knew the value their stories had,” Volatabu said.

Some of the women that featured in the first issue include musician Natalie Raikadroka, human rights activist Priscilla Singh, law lecturer Akanisi Nabalarua-Vakawaletabua and the late Adi Laufitu Malani. An online version of the magazine would be soon available as well.

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