IWD: Women bring new strength; Ro Teimumu salutes Selina Sulita

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“WHEN women step into important positions in business, public affairs and politics, they bring new strength, vision and insights.”

These were the words of Opposition member and Shadow Minister for Education Ro Teimumu Kepa in her statement on International Women’s Day 2019.

She stated that women do make a difference.

“Throughout Fiji, women at many levels are making a difference and I admire them all,” Ro Teimumu said.

“I pay a special tribute to all those women in villages and settlements who handle myriad tasks every day. They carry out household chores, cooking, care for their families, prepare children ready for school and at times carry firewood and water.

“Often, they earn extra money for their families by making handicrafts, diving for kai, making rourou moci, crabbing, or selling fruits and vegetables at roadsides or in markets. I see them every day, the unsung heroes who make an incalculable contribution to our country,” she said.

The former leader of opposition shared the story of a kindergarten teacher from Nadarivatu.

“Selina Sulita is a kindergarten teacher at Buyabuya in Nadarivatu. The village kindergarten was destroyed three years ago by Cyclone Winston. Selina says everything was lost. Since then, she has battled with courage and dedication, driven by the love in her heart to educate local kiddies.

“She has hardly any teaching materials and little money. When two temporary places of learning were no longer available, Selina and her husband moved out of their own modest corrugated iron home to make way for children to use as a kindergarten.

Selina Sulita with her students at Buyabuya Kindergarten School. Picture: FT FILE/BALJEET SINGH

“They now live with her husband’s family. Look at the pictures of Selina with her tiny tots in The FijiTimes of March 5 and 6, you will see a woman who stands as an inspiration for our nation. All praise and God’s blessings to you Selina; you make your country proud.”

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