'I heard about the Fijian Women’s Forum (which was organised by Communities Fiji Britain) via social media. In that first session, I knew right away this is where I need to be, to help and assist in whatever way I can. My dream for MAUK is to help “empower” and “motivate” fellow Fijian women from whatever background to become what they want to be in a demanding work force where gaps in our career, limited skill sets and constant changes in our circumstances, limits our employability. In most instances, most of these factors are beyond our control. But if we do not let it define us, then we eventually create versions of ourselves that are positively in tuned to adapt to any changing circumstance.'
Suliana Tuiteci Lotawa
Suli fervently believes in supporting and empowering women to tap into the power and influence they have within themselves, shifting the narrative and challenging the stigma often placed on Fijian women in the UK.
And as an individual, Suli lives by always trying to project love, kindness and empathy in all places, around all people, as she feels that this is the basis in which we can truly thrive as a community.
“To be voted in to MAUK as the representative committee member for Scotland in the beginning of 2020 was a great honour for me. I had only been in Scotland for a year and when MAUK was calling out for places to hold their networking events, I suggested Scotland and was delighted when they chose Inverness! We held the first ever MAUK event in Scotland in March about a week before the UK lockdown (due to the Covid-19 pandemic) began. I look forward to helping MAUK amplify its reach not only within our community but also beyond that, to inspire communities that they can do the same or better! I am also excited about working with other key stakeholders to galvanize MAUK’s vision using the platform that it has created’’.
Sainimili Kata Rockett
'My dream for Marama Alliance UK in the next 10 years to have an organisation that is established and recognised within the community so that it can be a safe place for women to express who they are as Fijian women, however they wish to interpret it. I dream about an organisation that will become a pillar of strength and encouragement for Fijian women, and a platform whereby they are able to voice their hopes and fears, and also a sisterhood where they will find support to nurture their needs.
What we start today will influence the women and children of tomorrow and I believe that this organisation will grow to be a great tool of empowerment for all Fijians, and will be a place where especially women from all different backgrounds can come to unite.'
My dream for Marama Alliance UK in the next 10 years is to have an efficient and authentic group; whose organisational systems and procedures allow for standards of excellence, and relevance to the beneficiaries of our work.'
Kara enlisted into the Royal Corps of Signals as a Communications Systems Engineer in 2000 after completing her tertiary education in Civil Engineering under a New Zealand Government Scholarship that was awarded to women pursuing what was perceived traditionally male dominated fields of study or career at the time.
She has retrained to become a member of the Army Welfare Service, she is currently based in Brunei supporting the British Armed Forces Community with emotional and therapeutic support. Her career in the British Army has seen her assigned or deployed on operations to Cyprus, Canada, Germany, the Falkland Islands and Afghanistan.
Kara’s love for sport has seen her represent the British Army in rugby allowing her to travel extensively within the United Kingdom and abroad.
Kara is married to Paul and they have two children, Lauren and Oliver.