Come prepared to be inspired, encouraged and motivated by these wonderful, passionate and focused women Ministers from Fiji.

Honourable Rosy Sofia Akbar, Minister of Education, Heritage & Arts, Fiji and Honourable Mereseini Vuniwaqa, Minister of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Fiji.

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Honourable Rosy Sofia Akbar Honourable Rosy Sofia Akbar will deliver a Keynote Address prior to the Panel Dialogue:

“Supporting the Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing of Women & Girls” on Sunday 22 November 2020 from 12 Noon to 2 PM AEDT

This session will discuss and propose action plans to support the mental and emotional wellbeing of women and girls both during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.
How to improve our programmes to educate, empower, equip and prevent women and girls from being subjected to violence, bullying, sexual predators and grooming, further develop partnerships and train-the-trainer support services including rehabilitation and healing from trauma.

Minister Rosy Sofia Akbar is a strong advocate for women empowerment and gender equality. She forged a multi-sectoral platform for the implementation of Fiji’s National Gender Policy and women’s entrepreneurship programs. She is passionate about empowering women to become better leaders in all facets of society whether it be at the community, district or national levels.
An exemplary leader who inspires the youth of Fiji to embrace education as a powerful tool to transform lives, develop character, adopt a positive mindset and thrive in one’s professional and personal life.

Minister Akbar was elected to Parliament in 2014 Fiji general election and appointed as the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. Following a cabinet reshuffle in September 2016 she was appointed Minister for Health and Medical Services. She was re-elected at the 2018 election and was appointed Minister of Education.

Minister Akbar joined the civil service in 1990 and began a career in the education sector. She was Vice-Principal in Ba Sanatan College. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership from the University of the South Pacific.

Honourable Mereseini VuniwaqaHonourable Mereseini Vuniwaqa will deliver the Closing Ceremony Keynote Address on Day 3 of SISWP Virtual COC2020.

She is the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

Minister Mereseini Vuniwaqa is a champion advocate for women in leadership roles at all levels of society. She firmly believes that it is necessary for women to be in leadership roles to eliminate gender based violence, ensure sustainable development and eradicate poverty.

She was elected to Parliament in 2014 Fiji general election and appointed as the Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources in September 2014. She was elected again in the 2018 election, and subsequently appointed Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

Minister Vuniwaqa is a lawyer and former civil servant. She holds a law degree from the University of Tasmania and a postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University. Since 1998 she has worked as a State solicitor for Fiji's Office of the Attorney General. She was appointed as chair of the Telecommunications Authority of Fiji in 2008. From January 2012 to March 2013 she was Acting Permanent Secretary for Justice.

*Photos and research information with kind courtesy of Zareena Bi, Justice of Peace Fiji from SI Fiji.

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