‘Women are capable of achieving whatever they set their mind on, nothing is impossible.’
This was the key message conveyed by Professor Unaisi Nabobo-Baba during the International Women’s Day (IWD) celebration at the Fiji National University Nasinu campus today.
Speaking on the theme Press for Progress, Prof Nabobo-Baba said IWD was a celebration of women power and their valuable dedication and contribution towards societal as well as global development.
“Women are already helping run the world. If women are not supported then we are losing out. It’s a good time to be happy because women have come a long way,” said Professor Nabobo-Baba.
The senior academic herself is an excellent role model being the first i-taukei female to become a Professor. The former Ballantine Memorial School Head Girl was a gold medallist at the University of the South Pacific in 1996 and then went on to study and teach aboard.
She has a PhD on Indigenous Epistemology, Knowledge and Implications from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and is a distinguished scholar recognised for original contributions in indigenous knowledge and the academy by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) (2007) –International and Indigenous peoples Education (SIG).
“I have had many great women in my life and some very great men who helped make the woman I’ve become today. I always believe as women we need to find that one mentor, a group of friends and support group that can help us press forth for progress.”
“Success is about serving people. You must pursue what you want, but it should help contribute to the progress of our lives and nation. Do your best and do not apologize for less. I religiously follow the biblical verse ‘Do unto others what you want others to do to you’ because I believe it determines how you succeed in life,” said Professor NaboboBaba.