Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Forum – Honiara, Solomon Islands

A high level delegation, led by the Speaker of the Fijian Parliament, Honourable Dr Jiko Luveni, and accompanied by the Minister for Women, Honourable Mereseini Vuniwaqa; the Honourable Leader of the Opposition, Ro Teimumu Kepa; the Assistant Minister for Women, Honourable Veena Bhatnagar; the Honourable Jilila Kumar and the Honourable Salote Radrodo are part of the Pacific Women Parliamentary Partnerships Forum that converged in Honiara, Solomon Islands on Monday, 25th September for a four-day meeting of the Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Forum.

The Forum was opened by the Honourable Speaker of the National Parliament, Solomon Islands.

The Honourable Speaker in her Key Note Address highlighted that a time measure of leadership is influence.  She told participants that good leadership is evidenced when you can influence people to follow you when they see that you care for them and have a relationship with them.

Aspiring leaders must be able to prove they are capable of delivering services to the people.  Among other things, a crucial issue in the progress for women to reach leadership level is the support of men and that women need to support each other.  Honourable Luveni also said that leaders must be well-informed because knowledge is vital to a leader.

Honourable Luveni reported Fiji’s achievements in the increase in the number of women in parliament and that all those that won seats in the ruling government were given ministerial portfolios and were recognized as national leaders.  Moreover, Fiji now has its first woman Speaker.