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EDITORIAL-Another Year Of Success For Women’s Expo

EDITORIAL-Another Year Of Success For Women’s Expo
Vodafone Flying Fijians first five-eighth Ben Volavola in Suva on June 15 , 2017. Photo: Vodafone Media
June 17
09:35 2017

The National Women’s Expo ended yesterday in another resounding success. Women from all over the country came together to showcase the products of their handiwork from weaving to sewing on a big stage.

Previously they may have displayed their products in their local districts. The Expo gives them the opportunity to compare themselves with more women from around the country.  For some of them it is an eye opener. They learn new things and exchange ideas and skills. It’s an invaluable experience that empowers them to expand their scope of practice, develop their business entrepreneurial skills and broaden their knowledge. Their contributions add value to the campaign on Fijian-made products – products that are uniquely ours and promote our country internationally. No doubt a number of Expo participants have joined the export trade.

But one of the major benefits of this Expo is the revival and preservation of old traditional art that could have been lost. It comes alive with its array of colours, shapes and sizes when it’s blended with contemporary art. Today traditional art is under threat from foreign influence and modern development pressures. As those who possess knowledge and skills grow old they may not pass on their experience to the younger folks. But the programme, initiated by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation,  has provided a lifeline for this old art. It has re-ignited the passion in the art among the veterans and motivated the younger ones to learn it because of the potential economic benefits.

The big turnout at the Expo proves that this is a popular annual event that is positioned to grow even bigger. Some of the prices of items might have been too stiff for some people. If the unsold items go back to where they originally came from, then there is an underlying message there.  There may be a need for a price review.

It is understood that the cost of producing these items could be high including the cost of freight and transportation. If the women are pitching their products for a niche market, then the prices are understandable. Prices aside, the Expo has now become an important annual event  in the Fijian calendar.

It’s now established itself as a catalyst for positive economic change and empowerment of women.


Flying Fijians must win against Azzurri today

The Vodafone Flying Fijians must win against Italy today to keep their build-up for the 2019 World Cup on track.

They are placed 10th and Italy 15th in the World Rugby rankings. If they lose then their ranking could be adversely affected.

The Azzurri may be below the Fijians but do not underestimate them. Just ask England who were given a big scare at Twickenham in February. In their Six-Nations match, the Azzurri’s uncompromising play in the contact area, the rucks and mauls, baffled the English in the entire first half that they could not do much.

The Flying Fijians should expect this and more today as the visitors go for their first win on Fijian soil.

But they have enough firepower to blow the visitors off the park.

A win would be a perfect buildup to next week’s showdown against Scotland who are sixth on the world rankings. These two internationals prepare the Flying Fijians for the World Cup qualifiers against Tonga and Samoa. If they top the series, it would give them an easier pool during the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

On paper, the Flying Fijians tower over the Italians.

If this is translated to ground performance, then we can expect to see them running hot at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, this afternoon from 2.30pm.




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