Mentality of people in the Pacific should change: Mataele

Tonga Leiti Association executive director Joey Joleen Mataele during the Regional Learning Forum on Women's Economic Empowerment at the University of the South Pacific in Suva today. Picture: ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA

THE mentality of people in the Pacific should change to enable women empowerment to have an impact in the communities, says Tonga Leitis Association executive director Joey Mataele.

Joey highlighted this issue while speaking at the Pacific forum on women economic empowerment at the University of the South Pacific in Suva today.

“We need to support each other and the Pacific mentality needs to change because all this empowerment will not get anywhere if people continue to have negative views of other people,” Joey said.

“I am very tired and sick of doing data because it’s all sitting on shelves of government ministries shelves.

“We can laugh about it but this is the truth because they not doing anything about the data.”

The forum ends today.

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