2017 Women in Busi­ness Awards

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Women in Busi­ness is the premier event in Fiji honour­ing women and cel­e­brat­ing the enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion they make to the so­cial and eco­nomic well-be­ing of Fiji. West­pac has been the proud prin­ci­pal spon­sors of the awards since 2003 and has helped to grow the ini­tia­tive to reach more women than ever be­fore. In 2003 the awards night saw win­ners in only two cat­e­gories, Busi­ness­woman of the Year and Ex­ec­u­tive Wo­man of the Year. Since then, the awards have gath­ered great mo­men­tum and more cat­e­gories have been in­tro­duced so that women from dif­fer­ent sec­tors are recog­nised and cel­e­brated. Women are quickly tak­ing up lead­er­ship po­si­tions at all lev­els of so­ci­ety, and it is in­spir­ing to see more fe­male min­is­ters of par­lia­ment, per­ma­nent sec­re­taries, lawyers, ship cap­tains, pilots – po­si­tions which were once only held by men, in fields which were once the sole do­main of men. It is en­cour­ag­ing to see more and more women be­ing ap­pointed to boards in Fiji. These ap­point­ments are based on merit and are a true recog­ni­tion of women’s per­sonal achieve­ments and ca­pa­bil­i­ties. But these ap­point­ments are also an en­cour­ag­ing re­flec­tion of the pos­i­tive im­pact that di­ver­sity brings: in­creased per­for­mance that helps to trans­form or­gan­i­sa­tions, and trans­form the way we work and live. There are of course still a lot of women in Fiji who op­er­ate in the in­for­mal sec­tor, as road­side seafood, flower, veg­etable and craft sellers for ex­am­ple. They work ex­tremely hard and pro­vide a bet­ter qual­ity of life for their fam­i­lies, putting their chil­dren through ed­u­ca­tion and con­tribut­ing greatly to the econ­omy. West­pac has taken an ac­tive role in as­sist­ing these women to move into the for­mal sec­tor, of­fer­ing financial ed­u­ca­tion and aid­ing them in learn­ing about money man­age­ment through bank­ing. In this way they can bet­ter man­age their busi­ness and home fi­nances and im­prove their qual­ity of life. Some have gone on to grow mi­cro busi­nesses, small busi­nesses, medium and be­yond. Many as­pire to reach the heights of this year’s award win­ners and fi­nal­ists.

Gen­eral Man­ager West­pac Fiji, Brett Hooker

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