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Women Need Information, Tools To Build Business: Vuniwaqa

Women Need Information, Tools  To Build Business: Vuniwaqa
Minister for Women and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa (left) with Participants at the Capacity Building Workshop for Women from the Eastern and Central Divisions, sitting with Mrs Vuniwaqa from left, Livia Tuvoli, Taraivini Volau, Moapa Canawaqa, Arieta Taufa and Makereta Senicaboa on June 18, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua.
June 19
14:58 2018

A lack of necessary information and tools needed for running a businesses is a hurdle budding women entrepreneurs face most times. This includes the lack of information on consumer rights and fair trading.

The was highlighted by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa. She made this point while opening the Women Capacity Building Workshop at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday.

“If we want to boost small scale women entrepreneurship, we have to acknowledge the fact that they need to be equipped with updated data on the market,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

“We need to create appropriate frameworks that can offer support, guidance, and tools to allow them to take the risks of entrepreneurship.”

The theme for this year’s National Women’s Expo is ‘Press for Progress’.

Mrs Vuniwaqa encouraged women that they needed to start with their selves first.

She also highlighted the importance of allowing women to understand their rights and responsibilities.

About 100 women from the Central and Eastern Divisions gathered yesterday for the two-day workshop. They will also be participating in the three-day national Expo this week.

“You are the selected women from your divisions who have met the accreditation standards by the Government of Fiji in partnership with the Fiji Arts Council to be represented in this year’s National Women’s Expo and I take this opportunity to heartily congratulate you,” she said.

“I hope to see more women from your communities gain from your success stories and venture into translating their skills and dreams into actual business undertakings.

“Today we are not only gathered here to recognise your contribution towards your family, your community or village, your province and to the nation as a whole, but to also bank on the opportunity of you being here in Suva to provide an additional avenue for your development.”

The workshop continues today, facilitated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji Competition and Consumer Commission [FCCC] and the Westpac Bank on Economic Sector.

Edited by Percy Kean


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