LEAVE NO WOMEN BEHIND, BE BOLD FOR CHANGE

Women on the capital, Funafuti commemorate International Women’s Day at the Funafuti Lagoon Hotel, Photo by Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi

(Ms Afasene Iosefa)
The International Women’s Day was commemorated around the globe yesterday 8 March, 2018. The theme for this year is a strong directive for all women on the globe, leave no Women Behind, Be Bold For Change’.
In Tuvalu, celebrations of the day at nine o’clock in the morning at the Funafuti Lagoon Hotel with a welcome and introductory remarks from the Master of Ceremony Ms. Luifou Kokea.
A word of prayer was then followed by Rev Tepahalakai Koloto from the Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu (EKT).
After the prayer, the Acting Prime Minister, Hon Maatia Toafa delivered the speech to mark the International Women’s Day. The speech will be covered in the next issue of KMT News.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Hon Maatia Toafa delivering the keynote address of the Day

Followed after was the Tuvalu Women of the Year Awards presented by the First Lady and patron of the Tuvalu National Council of Women, Madame Koling Italeli Taeia.
The awardees include Miliama Sualo and Makelina Iafeta from Nanumea; Mee Otinielu Tausi and Tiatia Finau Maea from Nanumaga; Eleni Tavau and Saupule Kailasi from Niutao; Poliala Tevesi and Togamamao Malaga from Nui; from Vaitupu were Lavania Teuso and Vaisamoa Papa; from Nukufetau were Vaetiti Peni Fiti and Auiluma Levi; Vailima Natano and Kuluse Polau from Funafuti; and Olataga Lopati and Esi Elekana from Nukulaelae.

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Some of the women awardees who were present at the function

The opportunity was also given to one of the awardees to deliver a speech in which Vaisamoa Papa stood on their behalf.

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Mrs Vaisamoa Papa speaking on behalf of the women awardees

Both speeches focused basically on the theme of the day, thus encouraging every woman to work hard and make a change in their working environment.
“We women, we are the vine-yard, and I pledge you to maintain this vine-yard that gives
wisdom to the families, islands, the country and the church,” said Ms. Papa
Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs Nese Ituaso Conway then
rounded up the speeches.

DONATIONS OR CHURCH BUILDING
The Vaiaku Congregation of the Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu appeals for kind
Donations to assist the building of its new church building
to assist the building of its new church building

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Mrs Dr. Nese Conway addressing the women

Ms. Conway thanked the government of the day for supporting the Gender Affairs Department, and called upon every woman to work together for the benefit of all women, the nation, and the children of tomorrow.
Light refreshment and entertainment followed.
Workshops organized by the TuFHA, Health Department, Fisheries and the Tuvalu Red Cross
followed after, in which everyone enjoyed the fun.
The function was attended by the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli and First Lady Madam Koling Italeli, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Maatia Toafa and wife Pulafagu Toafa, Cabinet Ministers, Ambassador of ROC, His Excellency Mark Su, MPs, the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission Dr. Alesana Kleis Seluka and other dignitaries.

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Women enjoying the programme of the Day

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ROC Ambassador, Marc Su joining the fun and demonstrating Taikwando

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