Only fe­male grad­u­ate en­cour­ages women

‘Be­ing in a male dom­i­nated work­ing en­vi­ron­ment has al­ways been chal­leng­ing, but I never see my­self as above or be­low them.’

Fiji Sun - - North News - Edited by Jonathan Bryce SHRATIKA NAIDU LABASA Feed­back: shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj

Get out of the shell and do some­thing for your­self, Aus­tralia Pa­cific Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (APTC) grad­u­ate, Meredani Roko­rua, urged women yes­ter­day.

The 39-year-old em­ployee of the Fiji Sugar Cor­po­ra­tion in Labasa was the only fe­male among 37 grad­u­ates at the Friendly North Inn in Labasa yes­ter­day. She grad­u­ated with Cer­tifi­cate IV in Project Man­age­ment Prac­tice. “Be­ing in a male dom­i­nated work­ing en­vi­ron­ment has al­ways been chal­leng­ing, but I never see my­self as above or be­low them,” Ms Roko­rua said. “I see my­self equally ca­pa­ble as them, but aspire to do much bet­ter. “I had been work­ing at FSC since 2006 and my cur­rent po­si­tion is net­work sys­tem sup­port an­a­lyst. “Al­though I am work­ing, I am cur­rently purs­ing Diploma in Lead­er­ship, Gov­er­nance and Hu­man Rights at the Uni­ver­sity of the South Pa­cific Labasa cam­pus. “My aim is to work as a con­sul­tant in one of the non-gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions be­cause I like to talk to peo­ple and pro­vide coun­selling,” the sec­ond youngest of five sib­lings orig­i­nally from Tailevu said. “I be­lieve a woman can achieve what­ever she wants in her life only if she comes out of the shell. “Women de­serve to live their dream and choose what they want to do in life.” “Grad­u­at­ing from APTC is an hon­our and be­ing the only fe­male grad­u­ate is a proud mo­ment for me,” Ms Roko­rua said. “I want to thank the Lord for his mercy and grace upon my life.”

Photo: Shratika Naidu

Meredani Roko­rua hold­ing her Cer­tifi­cate IV in Project Man­age­ment Prac­tice stands with her hus­band Osea Gauna af­ter her grad­u­a­tion yes­ter­day.

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