The First Lady – Sarote Konrote, officiated at the opening of the “Fiji Girl Guides Association’s” evening event on “International Day of the Girl” at Domain Road in Suva.
October 11 is the “International Day of the Girl”; a day created by the United Nations, to highlight the challenges girls face around the world.
The theme for this year’s celebration is, “EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after conflicts”.
First Lady Konrote said, for any nation to thrive, there is a need for strong hardworking women who also bestow love and goodwill, and such women exist through the proper nurturing and grooming of girls.
She said for a long time, girls’ talents have not been supported, because of long-held views that girls are not as important, nor as essential in successful societies as boys.
The Fiji Girl Guides Association is the largest organisation in Fiji, that supports girls to become capable, creative, resourceful and resilient individuals and leaders.
There are close to 4,850 members in the Fiji Girl Guides Association.