Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
June 07, 2013: South Pacific women studying at the Eastern Mennonite University(EMU) in Virginia together with the university hosted Fiji's Ambassador to the United States, Winston Thompson last weekend.
During his three hour visit, Ambassador Mr Thompson who was accompanied by his wife heard presentations from the 16 women leaders from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Bougainville and West Papua about their work and studies at the university.
Mr Thompson also met with EMU executives including president, Loren Swartzendruber and director for the Centre for Justice Peacebuilding, Lynn Roth.
He was also given an overview of the partnership between the two institutions through the Women's Peacebuilding Leadership Program director, Janice Jenner.
WPL scholarship recipient, Tarusila Bradburgh said she appreciated the opportunity to meet with the ambassador and Mrs Thompson to talk about her work with youth councils in the Pacific, alongside her Pacific sisters.
"The fact that they drove down from Washington encouraged us to use the time to converse with them about our issues and the work we do back in our home countries and region," Ms Bradburgh said.
" I believe they were given an insight into the passion and commitment with which the women did their work and how they valued the opportunity to strengthen their capacities in peace building " she said.
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