1) WE ESPECIALLY REMEMBER THE WOMEN OF WEST PAPUA : WOMEN’S DAY IN FIJI
Mar 09, 2017
Marking Women’s Day in Fiji – fijisun.fj
Jayapura, Jubi – Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has invited all men and women of all ages in Fiji to take concrete steps to accelerate the achievement of gender parity.
In her statement on the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2017 today, Ro Teimumu encouraged all to pause and remember those who played a role with distinction in displaying the strength of women in every aspect of our society, and those who have turned another chapter in our history.
“I mention here Captain Selai Saumi who in 2015 became the first local female pilot to command one of our national aircrafts. Just today, WPC Vaseva Rokotiko takes a bow as the first female police motorcyclist. Hearty congratulations to these young women,” Ro Teimumu said.
“I wish to take this opportunity of honouring the lives of woman and girls adversely affected due to acts of sexual violence and physical abuse.
“We also remember those who became casualties of war. In addition, we especially remember the women of West Papua who paid the ultimate price in fighting for freedom. They all deserve a special place in our prayers.”
She said the theme for this year ‘Be Bold for Change’ not only highlighted the importance of recognising and respecting women, but also underscored the need to understand that more and more women were serious about advancing the interests socially, economically and politically of themselves and their families.
“Together we can change the narrative and make gender equality a reality for Fiji.” (*)
2) Minister Luhut Meets Freeport Indonesia Workers
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan held a meeting with dozens of PT Freeport Indonesia employees at his office on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The meeting was heating up when Freeport workers asked Luhut to visit the Mimika Regency.
"We are planning to go there, don't you mad at me," Luhut said to the workers.
The meeting was cut short because Luhut claimed that he must attend a meeting at the State Palace.
Virgo Salossa, a representative of the Care for Freeport Solidarity Movement said that the workers have managed to come early to meet with Luhut. However, the representatives can only have a short audience with the Minister and had only discussed trivial issues.
"We were greeted [in the office lobby] and only talk about trivial matters. We’re not asking for shares," Virgo said.
Virgo argued that the worker had never thought about the company's shares for the people. However, he believed that the government should take careful steps against Freeport because it will be recorded in history.
3) Indonesia, Denmark to increase defense cooperation
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Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Danish Ambassador to Indonesia Casper Klynge paid a courtesy call on Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu here on Thursday to discuss ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the defense field.
Klynge said the effort to enhance defense cooperation between the two countries is positive thing to develop strategic partnership.
One of the instruments to develop the strategic partnership is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that the Danish queen signed when she visited Indonesia last year, he said.
He noted that the two countries have the potentials to develop mutually beneficial cooperation in the defense field, including defense industry, peace-keeping mission, and cooperation between the two countries navies.
The ambassador, who visited the Peacekeepers Mission Force Center in Sentul, West Java, last week expressed his countrys keen interest in establishing cooperation with Indonesia in peace-keeping mission, including exchange of instructors.
He further positively welcomed the enhanced cooperation between the two navies as shown by the Danish naval chief of staffs wish to visit to Indonesia in May 2017 to meet his Indonesian counterpart.
"The (planned) visit is expected to increase cooperation between the two countries navies," the Defense Ministry website quoted Casper as saying.
He said Denmark is ready to cooperate with Indonesia particularly in developing warships.
"Denmark is ready to cooperate with Indonesian shipyards, both PT PAL in Surabaya and other shipbuilding companies in Indonesia. We can fully transfer technology in such way that Indonesia can produce warships themselves with local technology in accordance with its needs, both military and commercial interests," he said.
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu lauded the enhanced cooperation between the two countries and hoped cooperation in the defense field could be continued and increased in the future.(*)