More than 50 members of the Samoa Police Women’s Advisory Network (S.P.W.A.N.) yesterday joined the rest of the world in celebrating International Women’s Day.
This year’s theme is “Press for Progress” and it marks the social, economic cultural and political achievements of women in all levels of society.
Among them were, Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, Australian High Commissioner, Sara Moriarty, and C.E.O. of Samoa Tourism Authority, Papali’i Sonja Hunter.
The day also marked a call to action for accelerating gender parity. President of Samoa Police Women’s Advisory Network, Senior Sergeant Efo Moalele Tuua said the celebration is about honouring women’s rights and their role in societies.
“The significance of this day has emerged with diverse cultures and backgrounds across the world and is celebrated in different forms,” she said.
The yearly celebration is a driving factor for S.P.W.A.N. to address issues that are relevant to their contribution to policing.
“Also, to recognise the strength and the power of women’s effort in the Samoa Police Service every year, to ensure safety and the security of our people.
“Women in policing organisations are often intimidated by the fact that they work in a competitive environment with male colleagues.
“Women are slowly moving into areas that have often been dominated by men in the Samoa Police Force and there are growing number of women making history by experiencing areas such as maritime, investigations and many more.”
She also believes celebrating International Women’s Day is an opportunity for external partners locally, regionally and internationally to realise the support of women.
“This is the fifth time that we celebrate this special event with our colourful activities and programs which clarify the significance of women within families, workplaces religious and communities.”
S.P.W.A.N was established in 2001, and there are 114 sworn members and 24 non-sworn members.
“There’s a strong call to press for progress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.”
S.P.W.A.N acknowledged everyone who participated in the event, especially the assistance of the Samoa Australian Police Partnership.