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SECRETARIAT OF THE PACIFIC COMMUNITY (SPC) Nouméa, New Caledonia Suva, Fiji Islands


Pacific Women's Bureau Press Release March 11, 2002


A new Women's Development Adviser has been named to lead the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Pacific Women's Bureau.

She is Fiji Islands' Director for Culture and Heritage, Sivia Qoro.

The 46-year-old Fiji Islander is a policy analyst and adviser by profession who has worked in Fijian ministries of women and culture, and foreign affairs.

Qoro served in Australia as the deputy ambassador and first secretary for the Fiji Islands Embassy in Canberra.

She brings experience representing Fiji Islands at many international discussions to her new role with SPC, as well as 26 years of public service in key ministries. While with the Department of Women, Qoro was responsible for economic, employment, and human resource development. She helped lead a comprehensive review of Fijian laws that disadvantage women, and worked closely with the Fiji Law Reform Commission and the Ministry of Labor and Industrial Relations in this regard.

In welcoming her to the role, SPC Director General Lourdes Pangelinan noted the many achievements that made Qoro an outstanding candidate to head the Pacific Women's Bureau into a strengthened and more strategic role for regional women.

"The Bureau has gone through some defining moments in the last 12 months, with a major review and hosting of the 8th regional conference for Pacific women," says Pangelinan.

"We expect the outcomes of the review and the triennial, as well as the Bureau's own role in assisting SPC's service to its members, to provide the new Women's Development Adviser and her team with a strategic focus to the challenges ahead."

Qoro takes up her post in Nouméa in early May.

SPC Deputy Director General Yves Corbel is currently the acting head of the Bureau.

Previous heads of the Bureau have been Amelia Siamomua (Tonga), who took up her new role as UNIFEM Pacific head in Suva in January 2002, and Emele Duituturaga (Fiji Islands), who is now a consultant based in Suva.

Contact: Yves Corbel, Deputy Director General Secretariat of the Pacific Community Ph: 687 26. 01.11 E-mail: 

Lisa Leilani Williams Communications Officer Pacific Women's Resource Bureau Secretariat of the Pacific Community BP D5 -- 98848 Noumea Cedex New Caledonia Telephone: 687--26.20.00 Facsimile: 687--26.38.18 Direct Line: 687--26.01.57 E-mail:  Web: 

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