Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Representatives of UN Women National Committees from various countries at the Global National Committees’ Meeting in Fiji. Photo: UN Women
“Leadership isn’t easy, you have to be respectful and humble. It takes a strong heart,” explains Nausori Market Vendors’ Association President Venina Korovusere to representatives from Finland, Iceland, Singapore, Germany, United States and several other UN Women National Committees who were in Fiji for the Global National Committees’ Meeting last month.
Hosted by the UN Women National Committee Australia, the meeting brought together staff from UN Women Headquarters, UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office and National Committees around the world in Fiji for a week. During the week there were visits to UN Women’s Markets for Change project site at Nausori Market and Rakiraki Market, the UN Women Fiji MCO head office in Suva, and the House of Sarah that works in partnership with UN Women’s Ending Violence Against Women and Girls programme.
In Rakiraki, it was stories of resilience, strength and leadership as the international visitors heard from the Market Vendor Executives, led by President Varanisese Maisamoa, on how they have recovered and rebuilt since Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated the country, including their farms and the Rakiraki market, in February 2016.
The global network of UN Women National Committees convenes once annually. National Committees for UN Women are independent non-governmental organizations that support the mission of UN Women through their public awareness initiatives about UN Women and global women’s issues, and fundraising efforts to support UN Women Programmes worldwide. National Committees help UN Women raise funds by implementing successful fundraising campaigns; increasing the number of monthly donors; arranging public events; liaising with their respective governments; among others.