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Supporting Our Pacific Women in Business

Supporting Our Pacific Women in Business
Fiji Sugar Corporation Lautoka Mill staff celebrated International Women’s Day on Thursday at the FSC Head Office and Mills. Photo: Fiji Sugar Corporation
March 10
10:00 2018

To commemorate International Women’s Day 2018, Pacific women in business were celebrated by the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) along with the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF).

Whilst both organisations share the aim of private sector growth in the Pacific, both organisations do recognise the invaluable and direct contributions made by Pacific women to  the economic and social development of Fiji and the region.

Promoting and supporting Women Entrepreneurship is included as one of the key strategic goals of PIPSO and FCEF recognising the positive benefits to families and communities that women, as business owners, can bring.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2018 is #PressforProgress for gender parity and inclusivity.

PIPSO acting chief executive officer Alisi Tuqa said: “Typically, women are under-represented in business communities in developing countries.

“This is often a result of legal differences in how men and women are treated that hamper women’s opportunities for starting businesses, owning property and land, or accessing credit.

“This is a major obstacle to gender equality.

“We have been making various efforts to address the issues faced by our Pacific women who are trying to start their own businesses by helping them access relevant trainings such as financial literacy, value chain and cluster trainings as well as participation in tradeshows and conferences to build their business”, she added.

FCEF chief executive officer Nezbitt Hazelman said that women in business were vital to the growth and sustainability of development in the Pacific.

“FECF understands that the participation of women in the economy can only have a positive domino effect on other development issues such as climate change, resilience and poverty” he said.

Mr Hazelman said that by highlighting some of our Pacific Women in business today, they hoped to inspire and encourage other women and girls in Fiji.

“These women are an inspiration to us all. They set goals and dreams for themselves and overcame many challenges to achieve them”.

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