Dear Editor,

As a practising student in leadership, governments and human rights, I urge the people of Vanuatu to break the intangible barriers for women to avoid gender inequalities implemented in Parliament today.

Why it is so hard for Pacific women including Vanuatu to have reserved seats in parliament? Is it the traditional domination of males as high rankers whether in elections, party campaigns, and work places, corruption luck of financial necessities? Is it fair?

Statistics shows only 3% of pacific women participate inside parliaments, compared to other regions. Samoa is an exception, it has one of its longest serving women, Fiame Naomi Matai’afa, since 1962. She was the Minister of women, education, local and social development.

Nevertheless, I thank the Leleon Vanua party for women, established recently to press on equal representation in politics, equal pay, equal parenting, equal opportunity to thrive, and seek the end to violence against women.

Not only that but it will support the idea that human rights are universal, indivisible, inherent and inalienable. It will help boost women to seek positions in Vanuatu parliament in the upcoming national election.

Women should not be seen as minority group in a society. Equality means better politics and more vibrant economy, a workforce that draws on the best talents of the whole population living in a society at ease with satisfied souls. When women fulfil their potential, everyone benefits.

Julliet M Tabinok

Student Concern

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