Women's achievements recognised
Samoa commemorated “International Women’s Day” by highlighting the achievements of Samoan women across a wide range of fields.
The commemoration was held at the To’oa Salamasina Hall on Friday.
It was attended by more than a hundred women and female students from various schools.
The Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (M.W.C.S.D.) the event to recognise and applaud the achievements of women; who despite the challenges, were still able to succeed in their respective fields and contribute to the development of Samoa.
The special guests included the Deputy Police Commissioner, Papalii Monalisa Tia'i Keti; Taula Brewmaster and Scientist, Aurora Elisaia-Vaai; Sea Captain Ilalegagana Kenesareta Moananu; Special Olympian, Silia Afele Atonio; Ophthalmologist, Dr. Lucilla Ah Ching.
Ms. Vaai, who became the first fully qualified female Brew Master in Samoa, shared her story and the challenges she faced while also encouraging the female students to pursue their dreams.
The Minister for M.W.C.S.D., Tuitama Dr. Leao Talalelei Tuitama said that the International Day for women is a movement of appreciation.
“It is one of recognition, whereby our country alongside many others, take a moment to pause, acknowledge and applaud with sincerity the contributions made by women in various areas of our life,” he said.
He added that women have contributed to the development of our nation not only nurturing our children, building our families and our communities but in other areas.
“We honor the voices of women and to call everyone to stand together to raise awareness on women's rights.
“We commemorated “International Women’s Day” early because the annual celebration is on the 8 of March but it falls on a Sunday for us.
“The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.”
Tuitama also added that in the past hardly any women work as engineers in the water sector, or in the electricity divisions, airplanes because the mindset was that these types of work are for men.
“Despite achievements made by women there is still a mindset that exists of women not being able to do certain works.
“We have to instill in the minds of our young women about equal rights in terms of pursuing their dreams, even those with disabilities.
“Women can do anything if given the chance in any country even those with disabilities.”
He thanked the Australian Government who have supported Samoa with a disability programme.
“To all women in our homes, in our schools, village committees, business leaders and our women with disabilities, we acknowledge your strength and resilience.
“We respect your vital role in our community as a nation and we celebrate your role in developing the future of our nation.”