Women meet to dis­cuss AGM is­sue, their in­volve­ment in pol­i­tics

Fiji Sun - - NATION - FONUA TALEI Edited by Caro­line Ratu­cadra Feed­back: fonua.talei@fi­jisun.com.fj

The SODELPA Women’s Coun­cil met on Thurs­day to dis­cuss the post­pone­ment of its An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing (AGM), a reper­cus­sion of the SODELPA court judg­ment.

Vice pres­i­dent, Tanya Waqanika, who chaired the meet­ing said though the coun­cil cur­rently does not have a pres­i­dent, they are man­dated un­der their Con­sti­tu­tion to meet twice a year.

The po­si­tion of pres­i­dent was last held by the late Marama Ra­dini ni Yavusa o Kal­abu who passed away last year.

A new pres­i­dent will be elected by the coun­cil mem­bers in the next AGM which will be de­cided once there’s cer­tainty of when the party’s AGM will be held.

“The 2022 elec­tions is just around the cor­ner. Come 2021 or even ear­lier, all po­lit­i­cal par­ties will be iden­ti­fy­ing their po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates. Given my ex­pe­ri­ence in the 2018 elec­tions, if you want to be in­volved or be a can­di­date for the 2022 elec­tions, get in­volved now in your re­spec­tive po­lit­i­cal par­ties. Be­seen, be ac­tive, be rel­e­vant, be heard and be con­sis­tent,” Ms Waqanika said.

“In pol­i­tics, we can “agree to dis­agree”. What is im­por­tant is com­mu­ni­ca­tion, re­spect for each other, listening to each other and be­ing able to con­trib­ute con­struc­tively to is­sues.”

Other is­sues

She said apart from dis­cus­sions about the re­cent SODELPA civil court case, an­other is­sue that was stressed is the need for more in­volve­ment of women in pol­i­tics.

“It was good to see our rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Serua, Nadroga, Nadi, Lau­toka, Rewa, Tailevu South, Naitasiri, Nas­inu, Lau, Lo­maiv­iti, Suva at­tend,” she said.

“Re­spect­ing the so­cial gath­er­ing re­stric­tions, we man­aged to get a quo­rum and main­tain so­cial dis­tanc­ing in our meet­ing.”

The other ex­ec­u­tives of the coun­cil in­clude Mere Samisoni, as the other vice pres­i­dent, sec­re­tary, Emele Duitu­turaga, trea­surer, Ge­orgina Pareti-Rawalai and Adi Mil­i­akere Lewere, Jokapeci Peau and Acalia Dokoni­valu.

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