Evening of fun ends Parliamentary Forum

By Vatapuia Maiava ,

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Hon Sue Langford (Australian High Commissioner Samoa), Hon Teresa Gambaro (Australia), Hon Fiame Naomi Mata’afa (Samoa Dep. PM), Hon Julie Soso Akeke (PNG), Hon Poto Williams (New Zealand), and Hon Ro Teimumu Kepa (Fiji).

Hon Sue Langford (Australian High Commissioner Samoa), Hon Teresa Gambaro (Australia), Hon Fiame Naomi Mata’afa (Samoa Dep. PM), Hon Julie Soso Akeke (PNG), Hon Poto Williams (New Zealand), and Hon Ro Teimumu Kepa (Fiji).

The participants at the 4th Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnership (P.W.P.P) Forum ended three-days of discussions with a celebration at the Hotel Tanoa Tusitala on Thursday night.

The Forum which saw over 60 women Parliamentarians from around the region gather in Samoa was hailed by Munokoa Poto Williams of New Zealand as the best Forum in terms of attendance.

“It’s been one of the best attended forums and that is probably partly because most of us wanted to be here to celebrate Samoa with their recent elections and the great results that the temporary special measures have provided,” she said.

“We here in Samoa are also celebrating the fact that your temporary special measures have meant that you have increased your parliamentary representation of women to 10%.

“Samoa also has the added bonus of something that we are really proud of on your behalf which is having a woman deputy prime minister.”

The women empowered one another while finding ways to address major issues faced in their respective countries. So with all of the politics out of the way, the women mingled, laughed and danced the night away.

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