In March 2013, the first Pasifika Women’s Forum was held under the auspices of the Brisbane City Council to celebrate International Women’s Day. Over 100 women representing Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands, Tonga, PNG, South Sea Islanders (Vanuatu), Indigenous Australian, Niue, Torres Strait Islands registered for the forum. As part of the women’s forum, a community cafe group discussion produced seven priorities – the outcome seeing the establishment of the Pasifika Women’s Alliance Inc. (PWA). PWA was formed in April 2013 and incorporated in February 2014.
First PWA Annual General Meeting (AGM)
In June 2015, PWA held their first AGM. This momentous event saw some founding members pass on the baton to the first elected committee of PWA.
Founding members of the Pasifika Women’s Alliance included:
- Inez Manu-Sione, former Madam President
- Ema Vueti, former Secretary and;
- Orini Barnett, former committee member
The following committee members have had big shoes to fill and are privileged to be in the position working alongside the Pasifika community.