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Women’s economic empowerment sets a direct trail: Minister

June 12, 2019 4:31 pm

Women’s economic empowerment sets a direct trail towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth.

Speaking at the 5th National Women’s Expo in Suva today, Minister for Women Mereseini Vuniwaqa says the program stems from the government’s commitment to promoting economic participation of all Fijians.

Vuniwaqa reveals that some women remain disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination, exploitation and violence.

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“I convey my heartiest gratitude to the Prime Minister and the Fijian Government for investing in women’s empowerment programs with great faith in our women to be equal partners in taking Fiji forward including the consistent budget allocation towards the staging of the National Women’s expo since its establishment in 2014.”

With a total of 500 women from all four divisions participating in the Expo – some have turned up with expectations for the next three days.

Sovaia Nawa from Lau says she plans to earn enough money to paint her house.

“The things we’re selling here are from the women’s group in Moala. I have used my skills to weave various types of mats, jewelries and house ornaments. I plan to take the money I earn here and buy paint for my house back in the village and also some parts for my new flush toilet.”

Kinisemere Bowai from Ba who has been part of the expo since 2014 says it has financially benefitted her family.

“I came here with various crafts I’ve made two months prior to the expo. I believe our skills have the ability to generate income for the government, our church gatherings and family.”

The 2019 expo theme – “Think Equal, Build Smart, and Innovate for Change” is aligned with the UN theme for the International Women’s Day.

The event ends on Friday.

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