(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
Government has given the opportunity for island communities to name the bungalows.
During yesterday’s dedication of the bungalows, the Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Public Utilities and Industries, Mrs Siemai N. Apinelu announced the names of the bungalows according to the names submitted by island communities here on the capital, and as follow:
Nanumea: “Tefolaha Tou Hoa”
Nanumaga: “Vai o Toa”
Niutao: Te Kaufa ,
Nui: “Terikiai”,
Vaitupu: “Tofaga”,
Nukufetau: “Fou o Toa,
Funafuti: “Malefatuga Malae o Toa”,
Nukulaelae: “Telupe o Laeva”.

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Four of the nine bungalows


(Ms Afasene Iosefa)
A group of women from the home island of Nukufetau has come to Funafuti to celebrate a great achievement in line with the development of women of Nukufetau. They arrived on the Mv Manu Folau’s trip that arrived on Funafuti yesterday morning, Thursday 29 March 2018.
The Nukufetau women on the capital were in filled with joy yesterday morning when welcomed their sisters from the island at the Talimalie II Falekaupule. The group from Nukufetau was led by its president Mrs. Tagilima Ionatana.
On arrival, the group was met at the wharf by the Vice President of the Nukufetau women association on the capital Mrs. Mavaega Letasi and escorted them to the Talimalie meeting hall.

The women’s touring group from Nukufeat were welcomed by Nukufetau women on the capital at the Talimalie II Falekaupule.

While having their breakfast, the group was entertained by their sisters here in the capital with various Nukufetau island songs.
KMT News was told that the group came to meet with the Nukufetau women on the capital on the review of their Foundation Fund that was reported to have exceeded its target of one hundred thousand dollars.
President of the Foundation Fund Committee, Mrs. Salilo Enele said, because the arrival of the group coincides with the Holy Week, it has been agreed for all their programs to be postponed to Monday next week.

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Mrs Salilo E. Sopoaga, the President of the Nukufetau Foundation Fund

She said both groups will sit all day Monday to review the Fund, and also look into the survey that was carried out on who are willing to join the second target of the Fund, those who would like to withdraw their shares, and those wishing to continue contributing into the Fund on behalf of their deceased family members.
Those planning to withdraw their shares, Mrs. Enele said “will get theirs but are unable to join the second part of the Fund.”
The Fund was established with high hopes that every woman will benefit from it.
Other Committee members of the Fund are the Vice President, Valisi Alimau, the Secretary Vaovai Elisala, and Treasurer Siemai Niko Apinelu.
The group from the island will be here for a week and is expected to return on 10 April, 2018.
In addition, the women from Nukufetau presented an ‘alofa’ of local food to their sisters here in the afternoon which included bags of salted fish, germinating nuts, pulaka, buckets of toddy syrup and coconuts.
In return, Pulafagu Sepulona stood on behalf of the Nukufetau women here on the capital to convey their big thank you to the group for the wonderful gift they have received from them, and also wished everyone a very enjoyable Holy Week.


Four gentlemen (L-R): Hon Satini Manuella (Minister of Health), Governor General, His Excellency Iakoba Taeia Italeli, Hon Maatia Toafa, (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Hon Namoliki Sualiki (Minister of Home Affairs and Rural Development. The rest in the photo are the women who have been awarded Certificatse of Recognition for 2018 and Miss Pisi ‘Kana Festival 2018, Ms Emily Sam Panapa, at the end of the line

(Ms Afasene Iosefa)

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Hon Maatia Toafa was the Chief Guest at the International Women’s Day in Tuvalu on Thursday last week. He also delivered the keynote address of the Day as in the followings:

‘With the presence of His Excellency the Governor General and Madam, I am very happy to say hello to all of you who your names have been introduced by the Master of Ceremony, and especially to all the invited guests who are with us today. Talofa everyone.”

“It’s a beautiful day to see you this morning, and a beautiful theme for the day, ‘Leave no woman behind, be bold for change.’ The International Women’s Day is a day that usually celebrates every year on March 8.”

In Tuvalu, Hon. Toafa said, the day marks government’s support on the issue of gender equality in all sector of life.”

The theme from UN Women for this year is Time is now: Rural and Urban Activists, Transforming Women’s Lives. According to Hon. Maatia Toafa, the theme depicts the importance of women on outer islands, and women on the capital, Funafuti, who are business leaders today, see from it as the progress on the issue of gender equality,

“The gender equality marks the number five goal in our SDG. The theme for the SDG number 5 is ‘Leave no women behind, be bold for change,” said Hon. Toafa.

The Gender Affairs Office celebrates the International Women’s Day by commending the contributions of the women to climate change, in times of disasters and developing plans to respond to those disasters.

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Women on the capital celebrating the International Women’s Day

“Women…you have very important duties in addressing such problems, to reforming and restructuring, caring for the elderlies and the sick. In our culture you are known as caretakers of our children. In a disability survey carried out in 2017, 78% of those taking care of disabled were women. Apart from that, you are still trying to equalize yourselves with men in the level of leadership both on outer islands and the whole nation as well.”

In 2015, the Minister said, the survey that was carried out by the Gender Affairs Department, after the TC Pam, saw that the majority of women did hear the announcement about the cyclone because they were staying indoors, while men were at work like fishing, gardening or working in the ‘pulaka’ pits.

Hon. Toafa went on to say that about 90% of women prepared the food and beddings, clothes before the family moved to take shelter in other houses. Men stayed back to look after the houses.

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Women are good in preparing food. This is the content of the table of food prepared by the women for refreshment during the celebration of the International Women’s Day

“Your duty to provide and manage the food is very important in times of disasters.

Your skills and knowledge as leaders within your families, in planning and preparedness during disasters and of course the dispute or complaints, will assist with the protection and encouraging of women and young girls to see and realize the needs of the disabled.”

Apart from that, the Minister said, women in leadership is not significant. As we all know there is only one female representative in Parliament and about 6% of women is represented in the Kaupule. So it is still difficult for you women to involve in leadership. You are encouraged to involve yourselves in decision making and for you to know how to limit the discrimination within our society.

“Today is your day with the young girls of Tuvalu, to enjoy and celebrate your free lbour to your families and your associations.

Today, Hon. Toafa said, also marks and encouraged the whole nation, sisters, young girls and any woman to follow and trust what they can do with their talents so they can win any of what they are hoping for.”

“Be bold for a change, is the theme for this year, so I encourage you women and the young girls as well to make yourselves as tools to build up a change for the benefit of Tuvalu in the future.

Have a wonderful and enjoyable celebrations of your day here in Tuvalu and throughout the world as well.”


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.

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.

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


(Ms Afasene Iosefa)
The Nukufetau women on the capital met recently at their Falekaupule Talimalie II to discuss matters relating to their association.
One of the subjects they discussed was their foundation fund locally called ‘te FAKAVAE’ where every woman in the capital and main land contributes fifty dollars into the fund every month.
The fund was established under an agreed target with high hopes everyone will benefit from it.
The target has been reached and the association is now planning to continue its second target into the fund pending the final decision with their sisters from Nukufetau at their forthcoming meeting scheduled for early next month in Funafuti.
Those women from Nukufetau are expected to be here on the 31st of this month.
The association is also planning to beautify its meeting hall in preparation for the Forum Leaders’ meeting in which Tuvalu is hosting next year.
The meeting last Saturday started at 10.30 in the morning and ended up after 3 o”clock in the afternoon.