Women join mentoring walk

More than 100 women joined the vital voices global mentoring walk organised by the Graduate Women (Fiji). Picture: JONA KONATACI

MORE than 100 women joined the vital voices global mentoring walk organised by the Graduate Women (Fiji) to commemorate International Women’s Day in Suva yesterday.

Speaking at the event, Graduate Women (Fiji) president Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi said the number of women taking part in the walk had increased over the years.

“We have been doing this work for the past four years, in 2017 we had only 30 women joining us, including the Minister for Women for our inaugural walk in Suva, and we have seen that every year the numbers had increased,” she said.

She said the walk allowed the mentors to communicate and learn from mentees.

“Just by having a one-hour walk, it’s already so beneficial for their mentees, the ones they are mentoring because they are usually busy so by opening those doors for these 120 women, they learn as they walk and talk.”

She said the theme “Choose to challenge” was very wide-reaching, relevant to many women at various levels.

UN Women (Fiji) representative Sandra Bernklau said the walk provided women with a safe space to learn and support each other.

“All over the world, COVID-19 left women isolated and in many situations left isolated with the perpetrators of violence, I have seen women groups across the region responding to the issues but we need to make sure that we address the root cause of violence which is the patriarchy, and men’s power and entitlement.”

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