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Westpac Helps Women’s Expo

Westpac Helps Women’s Expo
Westpac general manager Adrian Hughes (left), hands over a cheque to the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar. Photo: Ronald Kumar
October 01
01:59 2015

In an effort to empower women in micro-entrepreneurship and business development opportunities, Westpac has donated $50,000 towards National Women’s Expo 2015.

During the handover of the cheque to the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Westpac renewed its commitment to running a financial literacy programme by signing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the ministry.

Westpac general manager Adrian Hughes said Westpac was honoured to join hands with the ministry in the noble task of empowering women.

“We are privileged to work with the ministry and we will continue to play an important role and be the bank of choice for our women,” Mr Hughes said.

“We will also continue to support and provide literacy training for women in rural areas and through our education programme we have assisted over 1000 women.

Minister Rosy Akbar said: “The ministry is grateful and appreciative for Westpac’s past history of supporting, empowering and connecting local women to markets to enhance their economic capabilities and create opportunities for improved livelihood,” she said.

Westpac will also be holding a three-day financial literacy workshop at the Expo for over 600 women.

Meanwhile, 50 more women artisans have been given the chance to take part in the upcoming National Women’s Expo later this month.

This is in addition to the 600 women already selected earlier this year from their respective division craft shows.

This year the ministry had organised divisional crafts shows from where women’s group and individual women were selected based on a criteria set out by the Fiji Arts Council, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Ms Akbar is hopefully that through such initiatives, the ministry could attract more women next year especially women at home and have talents and skills that they would like to showcase.



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