The Fiji TimesBack In Historical past : The catalyst in girls’s applications


VASITI Raiwalui was beloved by housewives and those that stayed dwelling through the day as a supply of data on family actions, household life, well being training and ladies’s pursuits for greater than 18 years.

She was an announcer on Radio Fiji’s Fijian girls’s program and was featured in an article in The Fiji Instances on March 3, 1979. Vasiti stated she felt it was necessary to spice up girls’s tasks in her discuss present, whether or not it was in Lau, Kadavu or Ra.

“The listeners inform me that it helps each the organisers and the members of the general public and works as a sort of inspiration,” she stated. She appreciated to spice this system with particular tune requests.

One other side of Vasiti’s work was interviewing many fascinating girls, particularly those that attended conferences or returned dwelling from research overseas. “The aim of highlighting their views on air is to let different girls share their experiences and really feel inspired.

” The Fijian girls’s program was designed to offer males new viewpoints and concepts.

“This can’t be executed by being abrupt or speaking right down to the women. “It’s an artwork, presenting info in order that the great factors of the discuss present get throughout efficiently and concepts are accepted whether or not they be about malnutrition or being obese.”

Born in Kadavu, Vasiti attended Richmond Methodist Faculty as a boarder.

In the course of the World Battle II she moved to Suva for research at Ballantine Memorial Faculty earlier than becoming a member of Davuilevu Academics Coaching Faculty in 1946.

“All the scholars from Davuilevu Faculty have been transferred to Nasinu Academics’ Faculty when it opened in 1947.” Vasiti appreciated youngsters and loved educating for the subsequent 12 years, largely at Methodist colleges in Suva. When a emptiness at FBC was marketed for a full-time lady sessionist, it seemed enticing sufficient for her to use. Vasiti joined the FBC in 1961. She began out by relaying home matters, roughly the sort of work dwelling science lecturers do.

At the moment, there have been solely two half-hour applications every week. “It was not till John Hunt joined Radio Fiji as supervisor that main modifications happened and ladies’s applications elevated to 5 hours every week.”

Vasiti stated she appreciated her job as a result of it supplied a possibility to fulfill girls from all walks of life — from profession girls to the spouse of the governor-general and Adi Woman Lala Mara.

“Interviewing them is like turning into a part of them and it has helped me to regulate myself to no matter state of affairs arises.” Vasiti married Anare Rawailui in 1957 and so they had two youngsters — a daughter who was 21, and a son aged 18. Anare died in 1963. Since then, Vasiti devoted her time to her work, dwelling, church actions and ladies’s organisations.

This led to alternatives to journey overseas to numerous conferences. In 1962 Vasiti went to Tokyo, Japan, to attend a UN seminar on the standing of ladies in household life. On her return, she submitted to authorities suggestions that maternity depart for all working girls be prolonged from the then 42 days to 84 days and {that a} marriage steering council be arrange in Fiji.

It was via Vasiti’s affect that these two suggestions have been accepted and at last applied. She additionally initiated the organising of the Nationwide Ladies’s Council in Fiji.

In 1964 and 1972, Vasiti attended conferences of Pan Pacific and East Asia Ladies’s Affiliation in Tonga and Victoria, respectively.

And in 1976 Vasiti went to Dublin, Eire, because the Fiji Methodist Ladies’s Fellowship consultant to the World Federation of Methodist Ladies’s Fellowship consultant to the World Federation of Methodist Ladies worldwide convention.

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