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Indonesian minister at women’s expo

Indonesian minister at women’s expo
August 14
08:29 2014

Women should be organised and strengthened at the grassroots level to end their subordination, says Sulikanti Agusni.

She is the Republic of Indonesia’s deputy Minister for Gender Mainstreaming in Economy.

She was speaking at the first National Women’s Expo at Vodafone Arena in Suva last week.

“This is my first trip to Fiji and I have been specially invited by the Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Jiko Luveni, to come and visit the expo,” Ms Agusni said.

She said the main aim of the expo was to enhance the quality of life of women through increased knowledge and skills.

“Economic opportunities and skills education empower women to transform their communities and lift their families out of poverty.”

Ms Agusni said the expo would provide opportunities for women to learn new ideas to cope with life and expose them to new techniques or methods to improve their standard of living.

“I must say that I’m really honoured to be part of Fiji’s first National Women’s Expo.”

She said they also had similar expos in Indonesia which aimed to help women earn a sustainable income to support their families.

“I’m really happy to see women eagerly learning or helping each other and I’m confident that they have achieved self-reliance from this successful expo for creating income-generating opportunities to alleviate poverty.”

Ms Agusni said most women would now be motivated to get involved in a variety of activities including women’s empowerment, income-generation, peace promotion and child protection.

“I acknowledge the women for the good establishment and I salute the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation for creating new opportunities for the women of Fiji.”

She urged the women to join the fight against violence against children and learn to love and have respect for each other.

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