Republic of Fiji Military Forces Officers Training School Commandant Colonel Silipa Vananalagi says it is about time for women to work together and positively build their own character.
While sharing her experience during the RFMF Servicewomen International Women’s Day Celebration, Col Vananalagi says they did things that they did not experience in life in the RFMF, and they were pushed to the extreme.
She says they fought against many brick walls, but they picked up the pieces and continue to be better.
She stresses they wanted to be recognized, appreciated, and wanted to be seen as a woman, and they never gave up.
Col Vananalagi says they are still the silent minority and will remain like that if they do not hold hands together to voice their concerns.
She says being in the RFMF is about bravery, commitment, and standards, and it is about passion.
She adds they must take on the challenges and consider the positive benefits that will build their character to be resilient in all their circumstances.
Col Vananalagi thanked the organizing committee for running the event and also paid tribute to those servicewomen that have passed.
While officiating at the event at the Tuvasu Hall, the Commander Land Force (CLF) Brigadier-General (Brig-Gen) Onisivoro Covunisaqa says the RFMF has evolved in terms of women’s participation in every aspect.
He says each woman played a critical role not only in the RFMF but also as cornerstones of each family they belong to.
The IWD programme will continue today with sports and conclude with a dinner to round off the celebration in the RFMF.
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