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Wednesday 8 March 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Local, National


Women’s Day  event ‘sold out’
A number of Cook Islands Business & Professional Women (CIBPW) presidents over the years attended. SUPPLIED/21101823

The Cook Islands Business and Professional Women’s Association (CIBPW) are hosting a special event to commemorate International Women’s Day at Tamarind House tonight. The event has sold out.

The confirmed line-up for the event is Alanna Smith (the new director at Te Ipukarea Society), Niki Rattle (Former Speaker for the Cook Islands Parliament and the current Cook Islands Ombudsman), Dr Evangalene Wong (a Clinical Psychologist at Te Marae Ora), Harriet Tuara (Women’s Representative with Cook Islands Rugby Union and U18’s Women’s Development team to NZ) and Elizabeth Iro (former Chief Nursing Officer at the World Health Organization).

CIBPW president Mata Puia said she hoped people would learn something new from each of the speakers and “think of ways to incorporate their lessons into everyday life”.

“All the speakers come from different backgrounds, but they’re all going to touch on the idea of gender equity,” Puia said.

“Gender Equity is the process of being fair to women and men according to their respective needs. To ensure fairness, strategies and measures are needed to compensate for women’s historical and social disadvantages that can prevent women and men from otherwise operating on a level playing field.”