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Viran Molisa Trief is mother of two

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, March 14, 2009) – The appointment of Viran Molisa Trief Tuesday to the position of Solicitor General marks a major milestone in Vanuatu as the first woman to take up the position.

Having graduated with an LLB and a Bachelor of Tourism Services Management in 2001 the mother of two was first employed in the State Law Office as a research officer.

In 2003 she worked as a State Counsel and in 2004 she was promoted to the position of Assistant Senior State Counsel.

Attorney General Ishmael Kalsakau said he did not hesitate to back Mrs Trief’s appointment because he believed in her capabilities.

"Viran is more than capable of taking up the responsibility and the challenges that come with it. There will be pressures— mostly from politicians because the post has been male-dominated in the past and some may argue about age differences but I will stand by your side," the Attorney General assured Mrs Trief.

As part of the changes in the State Law Office Fredrick Gilu was handed the position of Acting Senior State Counsel, Florence William Reur to the position of Assistant Senior State counsel, Jane Bani Jereva to the position of Senior State Counsel in the Parliamentary Counsels Unit and Jason Kalfau Pakoasongi to the position of Assistant General State Counsel in the Parliamentary Unit.

Attorney General Kalsakau told his officers there would be challenges ahead but they need to rise above them and take a more proactive role, not only to represent government in legal matters but to lead the government in its entire decision-making process.

"We are here to represent the government of Vanuatu so you all need to come out in the open and deal with the issues affecting Vanuatu," he said.

The new Solicitor General also congratulated her team of lawyers—inviting them to work closely with her.

Trief is the daughter of one of the country’s founding fathers Sela Molisa and late Grace Molisa.

She acknowledged her parents guidance and sound upbringing which brought her to where she was today and encouraged other parents to take education as a boat of ambition through life for the benefit of their children and the country.

She also thanked her husband, family members and her working colleagues for the support she got from them.

To all the women, the young Solicitor General encouraged them to have faith in themselves in order to achieve their goals in life.

In addition she encouraged them not to forget God, the Almighty.

Trief succeeds Dudley Aru who resigned recently from the position to set up his own private practice.

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