More women lawyers ad­mit­ted to the bar

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - Neelam Prasad

Friends Safia Ahmed (left) and Bhav­ishna Pil­lay at Suva’s Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel af­ter their ad­mis­sion to the bar on Au­gust 16, 2019, by the Act­ing Chief Jus­tice Ka­mal Kumar.

Ms Ahmed and Ms Pil­lay were among the 50 lawyers who were ad­mit­ted – 38 were women lawyers.

Luisa Tuilau stood proud as all her years of hard work cul­mi­nated into that one mo­ment when she was ad­mit­ted to the Bar as a le­gal prac­ti­tioner at the High Court yes­ter­day.

Ms Tuilau was among the 51 Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific stu­dents who were sworn-in as Bar­ris­ters and Solic­i­tors dur­ing an of­fi­cial cer­e­mony at the Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel in Suva. She is orig­i­nally from Na­mara, Tailevu and com­pleted part of her law pro­gramme in Van­u­atu.

“Law had al­ways been part of the path­way for me,” Ms Tuilau said. “It has al­ways been about bring­ing change, mak­ing a dif­fer­ence some­where.”

Ms Tuilau was also one of the 60 young peo­ple from across the Com­mon­wealth to re­ceive the Queen’s Young Lead­ers Award in 2016 for her ex­cep­tional work in the com­mu­nity.

Cur­rently, she is pur­su­ing her post­grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tion in Gen­der Stud­ies.

Ms Tuilau said her pas­sion was hu­man rights and she takes ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to ad­vo­cate on the is­sue. “Even right now there is a Pa­cific Lead­ers meet­ing hap­pen­ing in Tu­valu and hu­man rights will be part of that. I would ask our lead­ers to be bold and coura­geous and be com­mit­ted to hu­man rights for ev­ery­one,” she said.

“We are re­spon­si­ble for the fu­ture of our blue Pa­cific and as young peo­ple we need to use what we have learnt to ac­tu­ally make a dif­fer­ence some­where.”

Photo: Ronald Kumar

Photo: Ronald Kumar

Luisa Tuilau fol­low­ing her Ad­mis­sion to the Bar by the Act­ing Chief Jus­tice Ka­mal Kumar at the Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel on Au­gust 16, 2019.

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