Genda Connections Women 18/11/17 - Speakers

 Kim Beddoes

Kim Beddoes

Event Specialist & owner of Party & Events Fiji and Fiji Weddings, Kim Beddoes talks about carving a niche of her own in a once male-dominated industry. At #GendaConnections Lautoka Kim shares her story to becoming one of Fiji's most prominent party and events planner; what drives her ambitions and what sets her apart from others in the business.
 Lailanie Burnes

Lailanie Burnes

Captain of Fijiana 15's rugby team, Lailanie Burnes talks about the many cultural & social barriers surrounding women's rugby in Fiji. At #GendaConnections Lautoka, Lailanie shares her own inspiring story and how local women's rugby clubs are challenging our society's mindsets and gender inequality in sports.
 Roko Tupou Draunidalo

Roko Tupou Draunidalo

Lawyer and Human Rights Defender, Roko Tupou Draunidalo shares her humble life story; a story that began with a charge to serve others. At #GendaConnections Lautoka, Roko Tupou talks about missed opportunities, the possibilities for Fiji and why we must never stop caring for our country.

 Saroj Singh

Saroj Singh

Complementary Therapist & Managing Director of Nutrimetics Fiji, Saroj Singh shares her heartbreaking story of loosing a loved one, her eldest son. At #GendaConnections Lautoka, Saroj talks about finding her inner strength to overcome grief and how through complementary therapy, she is now helping many others in Fiji who are going through similar griefs and depression from loss and trauma.
 
 Vera Chute

Vera Chute

Managing Director of Value City Fiji, Vera Chute takes us through her remarkable life journey so far; from a little girl in Udu, Vanua Levu to becoming one of Fiji's most successful women entrepreneurs. At #GendaConnections Lautoka Vera talks about the value of family, the lessons of her childhood and what she defines as her success & happiness today.
 Amith Kumar

Amith Kumar

Counsellor at Feathers of Hope & Priest, Amith Kumar shares her admirable story living as a transgender woman in Fiji. At #GendaConnections Lautoka, Amith talks about how society can make a difference to the quality of life for transgender individuals and the wider LGBT community, specifically addressing parents and Fijian employers to change their mindsets.
 
 Maria Rova

Maria Rova

Artist and Managing Director of Sigavou Studios, Maria Rova shares her life & entrepreneurial journey from a small rural town in England to the islands of Fiji. At #GendaConnections Lautoka, Maria also talks about harnessing creativity in children, developing arts in Fiji school curriculums and the untapped commercial potential of local artists.
 Anand Loshi Pillay

Anand Loshi Pillay

Co-Founder of Ra Naari Parishad, Anand Loshni Pillay questions what really is women's empowerment and have we managed to liberate and strengthen our Fijian women so far? At #GendaConnections Lautoka, Anand shares her experiences working with the women of Rakiraki, sheds light on the realities of rural living in Fiji today and shares her lessons from a life lived in service of others.
 
 
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