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Nadi Market Upgrade For Women

Nadi Market Upgrade For Women
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September 05
23:28 2014

Women vendors of Nadi Municipal Market will no longer sleep on the pavements on market days, especially the weekends.

The new market extension and women’s hostel was yesterday opened by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

While opening the new extension Mr Bainimarama said he was proud of what his government has been achieving for women.

The extension has a night market, sleeping and washing facilities for up to 30 women at a time.

“I’m very proud of what we have been able to achieve for our women – not only the hundreds of self-help projects that we have started all over the country to empower them but the laws that we have brought in, or toughened, to protect them from violence and sexual assault.”

The new extension also includes an upgrade of the market with 300 new stalls and also includes disabled- friendly toilets.

“This women vendor’s accommodation will provide about 30 women from rural areas with a home away from home in Nadi – decent sleeping facilities, a place to eat and wash, and other amenities.

“No longer do you have to sleep on the pavement next to your produce. No longer do you have to worry about the weather or your personal security.

“No longer do you have to struggle to find a toilet or to wash. All this is now available to you here.

“And you can sleep soundly at night knowing you are safe and your families at home can sleep soundly at night knowing that their precious wife, sister, mother or daughter is secure and protected.”

He said all the projects his government undertook concerning women was all about empowering our people.

“Here they can be properly sheltered from the sun and rain, conduct their business in a pleasant environment and, if they are women, to be secure if they need to stay the night.

“And there’s a new incentive to sleep over, because we now have a night market to cater for workers in the tourism industry who don’t have time to do their shopping during normal hours.”

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