Ex-state minister leads SODELPA women council
February 21, 2014 05:16:16
Former state minister in the prime minister’s office, Losena Salabula, has been chosen to lead the Social Democratic Party’s women council.
Salabula was elected interim president at the party’s first women’s forum held at the Fijian Teacher’s Association hall this afternoon.
She will be assisted by former executive director and former Women’s Ministry CEO, Emele Duituturaga- Jale.
Former assistant minister for Fijian Affairs, Culture, and Heritage, Nanise Nagusuca, has been appointed as interim secretary to be assisted by former mid-wife and matron Loraini Ba. Former bank officer, Semaema Qaqanilawa is the council’s interim treasurer.
Also in attendance at the forum this afternoon was SODELPA interim president Ro Teimumu Kepa, wife of the former Prime Minister, Leba Qarase, and Alisi Saumatua, the wife of former Minister for Local government, Urban development and Housing, Colonel Samuela Saumatua.
Also in attendance was former parliamentarian, Mere Samisoni, and former principal liaison officer for the Ministry of Works, Sainiana Waqainabete-Radrodro.
The council’s immediate focus is to formulate their manifesto before they kick-start their 2014 election campaign.
Salabula says their main focus is to empower women in the country.
“That’s what we’re trying to do today,” she said. “What we’re doing now socially and politically is to empower women.”
Salabula insists women need to be involved in decision making at government level saying it will help change the mindset of men about women.
“The whole world seems to be only made up of man but the actual lives of the world are the women; we construct the world and a lot of time men destroy it, frankly speaking.”
Salabula believes there is a need for more women to take up key government positions.
By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari