PM warns prospective women MPs not to neglect God-given domestic duties

Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says women should not let their drive and determination to enter politics make them neglect their God given duties as mothers.

He said women hold families, villages, and churches together and they are also the backbone of the country.

Tuilaepa was speaking at the final sitting of Parliament for the year on Wednesday which was attended by women taking part in a programme promoting women’s participation in Parliament.

Samoa passed a law last year which reserves five seats or 10 percent of the forty nine seats in Parliament for women.

The Prime Minister said the government had devised a way to bring more women into Parliament but he hopes that in their quest to become MPs, they will not neglect the roles for which they were chosen by God.

He said Samoa needed tall, strong boys to play rugby, adding that Samoa’s population has stood at l80,000 for about 20 years, while Fiji’s population has reached almost 1 million.


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