Fiji is proud to join the global community in observing the International Day for Women in Diplomacy commemorated this week on 24 June, 2024.

The day is dedicated to recognising the remarkable contributions of women diplomats in the foreign services and calls for inclusivity of women into diplomatic roles that shape and implement the multilateral agendas.

Commemorating this special occasion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on behalf of Fijian Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sitiveni Rabuka and Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Lenora Qereqeretabua congratulated and commended all Fijian women diplomats for their unwavering commitment and exemplary service to the nation.

As the status hub of the Pacific region, Fiji continues to be the voice on many global and regional issues of importance. In this respect our Fijian women diplomats, as leaders and negotiators, are representing Fiji’s interests at the multilateral and regional fora.

The Ministry acknowledged the impressive work undertaken by all Fijian women diplomats serving at Fiji’s Foreign Missions abroad and at the Ministry headquarters.

“We pay tribute to their dedication to Fiji’s foreign service through their outstanding contributions in shaping delivering Fiji’s foreign relations goals.

“Their commitment to advancing Fiji’s diplomatic footprint and contributing to Fiji’s national development and economic prosperity has not gone unnoticed.

“Our Fijian women diplomats are playing active roles on many issues confronting humanity from climate-ocean nexus, maritime issues, human rights, to sustainable development to mention a few”.

There are 14 Fijian women diplomats currently serving in Fiji’s Missions abroad namely the Permanent Representative Missions based in New York, Washington, United States; Geneva, Switzerland; Fiji’s Embassies and High Commissions based in Canberra, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand, London, United Kingdom, Tokyo, Japan, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; New Delhi, India; Jakarta, Indonesia; Beijing, People’s Republic of China and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

There are more than 10 Fijian women diplomats serving at the Ministry’s five divisions and three policy bureaus; three of them headed by women directors.