Women Leaders


Marieta Rigamoto
Marieta Rigamoto, a trained agriculturist, retired in 1998 afterworking in government for 32 years to become a full time farmer, she did not expect to be back so soon at her former workplace. Having won the May 1999 elections as an independent candidate for the Rotuma seat, she was approached to join the new government. She accepted the offer, a Cabinet position as the Assistant Minister for Agriculture. She was later given added responsibility as the Prime Minister's special adviser on Rotuma giving her a chance to look at isssues affecting the lives of the Rotumans.

In August 2001, she again ran and won. On 12 September 2001, Marieta Makarite Rigamoto, the Member of Parliament for the Rotuma Communal seat was sworn in as the Assistant Minister--Prime Minister's Office.

Source and relevant links:
Rigamoto interview
Assistant Minister

Teimumu Vuikaba Kepa
She is Fiji's Minister for Education. Her contact information is:
Office Location: Marela House, Thurston Street, Suva.
Postal Address: Private Mail Bag, Suva, Fiji.
Phone: (679) 314477
Fax: (679) 303511

Source and related links:
Ministry of Education

Ema Tagicakibau
Ms. Ema Tagicakibau had been elected Member of Parliament in 1999. A fierce advocate of women's rights, Ms. Tagicakibau worked for the Fiji Women's Rights Movement for quite a time before she ran for Parliament.

She was appointed Assistant to the Prime Minister also in 1999.

During the 2000 coup attemp, Tagicakibau was held hostage by the rebels together with four other women Members of the Parliament (MPs). Tagicakibau was freed to attend a relative's funeral.

The Guardian article


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