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Preserving, Maintaining Unique Provincial Design Is Vital: Vuniwaqa

Preserving, Maintaining Unique Provincial Design Is Vital: Vuniwaqa
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa (standing sixth from left), with Yasawa Group Islanders. Photo: DEPTFO News
August 16
11:00 2018

Minister for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Allevia­tion Mereseini Vuniwaqa urged the women of Yasawa to preserve their own unique style of weaving and designing artifacts.

“It is what makes you all stand out from the rest of the provinces in Fiji, something you should be proud of and hold dear, something you must keep practising, main­taining and teaching to the younger upcoming generations,” Ms Vuni­waqa said.

She made these comments during her talanoa sessions at Nacula, Ta­musua, Navutua, Nasisili, Malaka­ti, Vuaki and Yaqeta villages.

Ms Vuniwaqa said each province in Fiji had their own ways of de­signing mats and other artifacts and natural jewellery.

“It is always good to see something different because it depicts the uniqueness in the cultural and tra­ditional practices of each province and this is something we should be proud of.”

In addition, Ms Vuniwaqa urged the men of the respective villages to support their women in their business ventures.

“Your support goes a long way, be­cause without the support of the husbands, all the efforts put in by the women will be futile and will be fruitless,” she said.


“Everybody knows that when mothers start earning money, it can be felt in the family and the whole community, most importantly it is empowering for mothers and wives to see and feel supported by their husbands. It is a motivating factor in itself.”

Ms Vuniwaqa heard other issues relating to transportation, water-shortages and other issues that affected the Yasawa women’s busi­ness development and the develop­ment of their respective villages.

“That is one of the main reasons we are here is we want to come and see first hand how these women op­erate, discuss the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis and to see where and how we can help them in terms of growing their business which in turn will help benefit their village communities,” she said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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