Fiame visits National Council of Women, Savai'i
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, as the President of the National Council of Women (N.C.W.), has been visiting the different members of the organisation on the big island of Savai'i.
She has been invited by the different women's committees across the island to speak about women's development in Samoa.
On Thursday afternoon, Fiame was at the village of Siutu to meet with the women's committee of the villages of Foailalo, Foailuga, Sala'ilua, Satuiatua, Siutu, and Taga.
Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Fiame said it was also an opportunity to show her support for the female candidates contesting in the upcoming elections.
"Siutu and Taga are active members of the National Women's Council that I am a president of," she said.
"Since I am here on the island and in the area, I wanted to come to visit them and also give support to our female candidates.
"I was supposed to meet the women's committee from Taga and Siutu, but they have invited all the other committees from this constituency (Palauli 1), so it was really great to meet all of them and share with them.
"It's a good opportunity to talk about electoral issues and also supporting our female candidates for the upcoming election."
The female candidate vying for the seat of the electoral constituency of Palauli No.1., under the banner of Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi, is Mulipola Anarosa Molio'o.
Mulipola is facing six election opponents next week: former M.P., Afoa Amituana'i Felaulu Mauli (H.R.P.P.), former Deputy Speaker, Agafili Patisela Eteuati Tolova'a (H.R.P.P.), Lealofi Vagavao Lealofi (Samoa First Political party), Leotamanusala Lene Leota (Independent), Toilolo Pisa Tafola (H.R.P.P.), and Tupai Avala Savai'inaea (Tautua Samoa).
"I am showing the support for her not only because she is a woman candidate, but she is also very active with women's development both in Savai'i and the village of Faleapuna in Upolu.
"So I took the opportunity since I am here to visit the members of N.C.W. and have a chat with the ladies in the community."
An elderly woman from Siutu, Faleolo Tauamasalo thanked Fiame for meeting with them.
She also used the opportunity to praise and commend Fiame for her courage and bravery in standing up for what she believes in for the betterment of the country.
She also spoke on behalf of the women's committee to thank Mulipola Anarosa Molio'o for her great service and contribution to the development of the local women's committee and for always finding ways to help and assist the women in any way she can.
Faleolo also used the opportunity to wish both Fiame and Mulipola all the best for what's ahead of them.
Saliao Gafo Kaisa also shared the same sentiment.
She commended the two ladies for their willingness to uplift other women in the country and to push for the empowerment of women within the communities.
Mrs.Kaisa said it was a great privilege to have the opportunity to meet with the President of the N.C.W. and share her knowledge with them.
An opportunity, Mrs. Kaisa said does not happen every day.