5 Nov 2018

Tuvalu constable looks to inspire women leaders

10:57 am on 5 November 2018

A woman from Tuvalu, who led a regional operation to combat illegal fishing in the Pacific, is hoping she can inspire other women to take on leadership roles.

The Marshalls fisheries department director Glen Joseph said he is happy to see that the purse seine fishing industry has begun taking action to modify fishing gear to reduce by catch of bigeye tuna. Here, a purse seiner off loads its tuna catch in Majuro.

Photo: RNZI / Giff Johnson

Last month, Senior Constable Sepola Niulakita became the first female to lead the joint maritime and fisheries exercise, Operation Kurukuru.

Several nations belonging to the Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency took part in the operation which covered 21 million square kilometres.

Ms Niulakita said she hopes other women will be inspired to become regional leaders.

"We all can be leaders. It's really encouraging to be the first female Chief-of-Staff. To me, I would like to encourage my other colleagues, females, we can do anything. We can step out from our comfort zones, especially working together with the different nations."

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