Women Military Officers’ Promotion An Inspiration To Everyone
Captain Fesaitu Fatiaki Kamilo and Lieutenant Mere Vunimo are a wonderful example to everyone. While they represent women in their quest for recognition and gender balance in the mainstream, their personal stories are relevant to everyone.
Their promotion in the officers’ ranks of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces came after years of hardwork and sacrifice. Captain Kamilo was promoted from Warrant Officer Class 2 and Lieutenant Vunimo was promoted from Lance Corporal. Captain Kamilo, a single mother of two sons, 15-years-old and 20-years-old, had to juggle her time to look after her boys. For mothers who have boys, they will tell you that it is not easy to raise them single handedly. To be able to do that and focus on her military responsibilities is a major achievement that deserves recognition. How did she do it? Captain Kamilo says faith in God and putting him first in everything and setting the right priorities. Faith without works is dead, says James in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. She obviously understands it and worked incredibly hard to succeed. She did not let other things stand in the way and she got there. Never give up was part of her motto. On her own admission, she says it’s tough raising two sons alone. Her indomitable spirit is a great example for many, not only single mothers. Some among us give up hope easily in the face of trials and adversities. The consequences are not good and sometimes tragic. Captain Kamilo has shown us that nothing is impossible. If we have faith or self belief and we go to work to achieve our goals we will attain them. Captain Kamilo is a living testimony of that. Lieutenant Vunimo came from a humble beginning and has never lost sight of that. She has not forgotten her roots and the efforts of her parents to teach her life’s important lessons. They have given her the right perspectives about life and helped her to where she is today. During her journey there she completed a Bachelor’s Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce and Professional Accounting at the University of the South Pacific by taking evening classes. The women officers have joined a growing number of women who are rising to positions of leadership in the military. There was a time when the military was the exclusive domain of the men. Not any more. Captain Kamilo and Lieutenant Vunimo are following in the footsteps of trailblazer Colonel Litea Seruiratu, the first woman Chief of Staff of the RFMF. There are more women in the military than it has ever been. Captain Kamilo and Lieutenant Vunimo are an inspiration to everyone.
Captain Fesaitu Fatiaki Kamilo (left), and Lieutenant Mere Rokowati Vunimo.