Updated: Apr 10, 2019
It was a beautiful sunny Saturday morning on 6th April when 100+ accomplished women, ex scholars of Suva Grammar School arrived at the Tanoa Hotel, Suva to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast of Coi-ni-ti-vakaviti and entertained by a number of inspirational speakers.
Notable attendees included Hon Mereseini Vuniwaqa,(Class of 92) Minister for Women, Children, & Poverty Alleviation, Roko Tupou Takaiwai Senirewa Draunidalo (class of 90) a lawyer and politician. She is a former member of the Parliament of Fiji and former president of the National Federation Party. Alisi Daurewa (60s decade), Human Rights Activist who was also a panelist. Mrs Marie Fatiaki (nee Elaisa) former SGS teacher, old scholar 80s decade and a Consultant with the International Labor Organization.
While guest sipped their Ginger/Laialaia and munched on lolo buns and babakau, the speakers each shared their experiences and on how they moved obstacles and challenges "from the margin to the centre" personally, professionally and in their family lives. How they handled their various roles in spite of the challenges and the role Suva Grammar played in their early days in negotiating those barriers or breaking the social norms and stereotypes. One common theme that they all shared was how Suva Grammar encouraged one to have a voice no matter how different a view was, expressiveness, debates was a norm even with teachers. One was encouraged to speak ones mind in various forms and still have the utmost respect for those of opposing views...uniqueness and diversity was celebrated.
The panel was an array of inspirational and dynamic speakers from a variety of disciplines and professions, from the 60s and 90s decade. From Deputy Superintendent of Police, Senior Regional Advisor, Business Woman/Consultant and Scientist/Academic arena.
To conclude the fun filled morning of celebrating Grammarian sisterhood, Natalie Raikadroka shared her cover song "Not just a pretty face".
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Article by mccnchy and Lagilagi Drauna