The Fiji Times

NGO opens new branch

- By REPEKA NASIKO

SOROPTIMIS­T Internatio­nal (SI) of Fiji has now a total of eight branches in the country after its latest group was officially launched in Nadi over the weekend.

Members of the Soroptimis­t Internatio­nal Nadi Jetset, led by Cynthia Gepte, were inducted into the charity group’s global movement by SI of the South West Pacific Federation president Anusha Santhirast­hipam and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviatio­n divisional women’s interest officer Makereta Naisau.

Ms Gepte said it was a proud moment for the women who had dedicated themselves to serving their community.

“We already had a SI in Nadi but since the town is getting bigger in population, we just need to have another SI Nadi,” she said.

“The second SI Nadi Jetset is evident of the number of women who were interested in the work that Soroptimis­t does.

“We are about serving our community and engaging and networking to ensure that we are empowering our women.”

She said a total of 21 women had been inducted into SI Nadi Jetset with more interested in joining.

“I think the soroptimis­t movement is very impactful and we are always looking for ways to help our women in our communitie­s. If other women see the value in that they will surely want to be part of it.”

Meanwhile, Ms Santhirast­hipam commended the women for their dedication.

“I see the prospects that we as soroptimis­ts with all of our skills and talents that we can help our underprivi­leged women in this country,” she said.

“We can help grow careers, profession­als and skills with our own talents in our efforts in making sure that no one is left behind especially in this digital global economy.

“Whatever our issues maybe, we are never alone because we have sisters who may be going through the same things and can help you, which is one of the things that we are about.”

 ?? Picture: REPEKA NASIKO ?? Soroptimis­t Internatio­nal of the South West Pacific Federation president Anusha Santhirast­hipam with new inductees for Soroptomis­t Internatio­nal Nadi Jetset and SI Ba.
Picture: REPEKA NASIKO Soroptimis­t Internatio­nal of the South West Pacific Federation president Anusha Santhirast­hipam with new inductees for Soroptomis­t Internatio­nal Nadi Jetset and SI Ba.
 ?? Picture: REPEKA NASIKO ?? New SI Nadi Jetset president Cynthia Gepte (right) confirms their new group as SI of the South West Pacific Federation president Anusha Santhirast­hipam, looks on.
Picture: REPEKA NASIKO New SI Nadi Jetset president Cynthia Gepte (right) confirms their new group as SI of the South West Pacific Federation president Anusha Santhirast­hipam, looks on.

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