Vaito’a Toelupe, RSC
Vaito’a Toelupe is a proud fa’afafine activist from the Heart of Polynesia SAMOA. A Technical Advisor to the Samoa Fa’afafine Association (SFA) which is a Trans led movement with the mandated role and passion of empowering and advancing SOGIESC people and communities in Samoa. She is the Fa’afafine / SOGIESC Member of the Samoa National Human Rights Council under the Samoa Office of the Ombudsman and National Human Rights Institute. Chairperson of the National Social Development Sector Committee. Board Member of the Pacific Sexual Diversity Network PSDGN and the Pacific Regional Coordinator for the “Transrespect versus Transphobia Project in collaboration with Transgender Europe TGEU. Vaito’a is a member of Pacific Islands Regional Multi-Country Coordinating Mechanism PIRMCCM Oversight Working Group. The PIRMCCM is composed of 24 representatives of 12 Pacific Islands Countries and Territories (PICTs). In her professional capacity Vaito’a is a Consultant with the Asia Development Bank (ADB) and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in International Relations and Foreign Policies from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is a firm believer of the SFA Motto “Ola Tauivi , Tautua Alofa” meaning “To persevere in Life and Serve with Love”.