Here in the Cook Islands, 50 per cent of women are in Head of Ministry (HOM) positions within government.
Tonight the Business Professional Women (BPW) together with the Rotary Club of Rarotonga will bring together three Pasifika Women who have achieved excellence in their respective fields; Her Excellency - Tessa Temata our New Zealand High Commissioner, Judge Soana Moala of the Manukau District Court and President-Elect Tiana Epati of the New Zealand Law Society.
International Women's Day (IWD) is observed on March 8 every year to celebrate women's achievements, it is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women's Rights and International Peace.
The day is marked and intended to help nations and raise awareness worldwide to eliminate discrimination against women, it is also focused on helping women gain full and equal participation in global development.
After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there, the day was then primarily celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.