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Women To Be Housed Well At Nausori, Namaka Markets

Women To Be Housed Well At Nausori, Namaka Markets
Left to right: Permanent Secretary for Local Goverment Joshua Wycliffe, Assistant Minister for Local Government Lorna Eden, Nadi Town Council special administrator Robin Ali, Minister for Local Government Parveen Bala, UN Women representative Aleta Miller, Australian High Commission counsellor Christina Munzer and Nausori Town Council chief executive officer Akhtar Ali. Photo: Ashna Kumar
February 09
11:00 2018

United Nations help to fund construction of accommodation centres.

Two town councils have received more than $1 million for infrastructure development at the Nausori and Namaka markets.

A total of $1,002,000 was presented by the United Nations (UN) Women to Ministry of Local Government yesterday for the purpose of building accommodation centres for rural women market vendors in Nausori and Namaka markets.

Nausori Town Council received $600,000 while the Nadi Town Council received $402,000.

The two projects were designed following consultations with market vendors, through the Markets for Change (M4C) project which is co-funding the accommodation centres.

UN Women representative Aleta Miller said the project was a six year, multi-country initiative that aimed to ensure marketplaces in rural and urban areas of Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu were safe, inclusive and non-discriminatory, promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.

M4C is principally funded by the Australian government and implemented in partnership with the UN Development Programme.

“The Nausori market project will see the construction of a new accommodation and resource centre for the women market vendors in Nausori.

“It will also provide much needed accommodation for the women who, at times, sleep alongside their produce in the market,” Ms Miller said.

The centre will have a resource space on the ground floor to cater for training and meetings of the market vendors, while accommodation will be located on the first floor.

Ms Miller said the Namaka Market project funding was specifically for the construction of the accommodation centre at the new market.

“Women from as far as Ra, Wainibuka, and some from Suva currently have to search for alternative accommodation when they visit the market.

“The new Namaka accommodation centre will provide safe and accessible accommodation for rural women vendors,” Ms Miller said.

She said both the projects would have disability access and facilities at all levels of the market complex including the accommodation centres to cater for the needs of all market users.

Minister for Local Government Parveen Bala appreciated the continuous support to the Municipal Councils throughout the country.

“There is a demand and the Ministry will attend to all the issues and demands.

“The total cost of the Namaka market will be shared by the Fijian Government and the UN Women.

“The Nausori market balance will be left to pay, apart from the donations received today, will be done by the Fijian Government and the municipal councils,” Mr Bala said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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