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Women, stakeholders work on ways to grow National Expo

Women, stakeholders work on ways to grow National Expo
Acting Director for Women Selai Korovusere officiates at the opening of the National Women’s Expo Lessons Learnt Workshop at the Holiday Inn on August 9, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua
August 10
11:00 2018

A total of 340 women and three men ar­tisans were part of the 2018 National Womens Expo and made an income of $557,000.

The Ministry of Women, Children and Pov­erty Alleviation acting director Selai Koro­vusere said this was $53,000 less than the cost of the programme, which was $610,000.

It was funded by the Government and stakeholders.

“There was a lot of effort we put in to get the women to make that much money for themselves and to empower them economi­cally,” she said.

This was highlighted during the opening of the National Women’s Expo Lessons Learnt Workshop at the Holiday Inn in Suva.

It was a two-day workshop attended by 12 divisional officers from the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation and other officials from the Rights, Empow­erment and Cohesion (REACH) team.

The workshop is funded by the REACH team, which is a rural and urban Fijian event by the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) in the Pacific.

 

“The first day is about internal discus­sions, brainstorming, things we did do, things we can do, and things we can do bet­ter,” Ms Korovusere said.

“The second day, the ministry will work together with other stakeholders and really work with them and plan for this national event.”

 

Also, this is the second year the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Allevia­tion has coordinated this national event.

She also reiterated the Minister for Wom­en, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mer­eseini Vuniwaqa’s sentiments at the confer­ence.

“We told the women that we did not want to see them after two or three years after the Expo meaning in two to three years’ time they should be making a name for them­selves because they came through this pro­cess of being artisans or producers at the National Women’s Expo,” Ms Korovusere said.

“That is our challenge and we are commit­ted to that to graduate the women out of the Expo and that means that the work with the women starts now.”

Ms Korovusere said that the Nationl Wom­ens’ Expo was beginning to have a brand of its own to make a name for itself.

Edited by Percy Kean

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