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Taveuni women challenged

Written By : CAROLINE RATUCADRA. Women on Taveuni Island are being challenged to expand their income generation sources to achieve higher returns. That was the message by the Minister for
27 Mar 2011 12:00

image Written By : CAROLINE RATUCADRA. Women on Taveuni Island are being challenged to expand their income generation sources to achieve higher returns.
That was the message by the Minister for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Jiko Luveni as she prepares to visit the northern island next week.
Speaking to Fiji SUN on Wednesday, Dr Luveni said the women of Taveuni needed to identify products that would sell since the island has an abundance of natural resources.
The minister meant that the women needed to make products themselves to generate income, especially products that the villagers buy regularly from the shops.
“Women in Taveuni have an abundance of natural resources and are highly motivated in terms of improvement of their livelihood,” the minister said.
“But they must look beyond the ceiling and expand their achievements. My message to them is to build on self-confidence to be able to deal with any difficulties they may encounter in their daily lives particularly their health,” Dr Luveni said.
She said education, either formal or informal, should be sought and valued.
“Through better education and applying the knowledge gained, they can enjoy long healthy lives,” Dr Luveni said.
“Women should be self-supporting and self-earning to enhance confidence and resourcefulness.”
In her visit to the island next week, the minister said she would also open up discussions on efforts to reduce and eliminate violence against women and children.
“Gender inequality has a negative effect on overall national development,” she said.
With the 16 sewing machines to be given to Taveuni women, Dr Luveni said they could save money by sewing their own clothes, school uniforms, etc.
“If women are able to produce items that are imported and reduce the volume of these imports, such as soy sauce and cooking oil, to grow lemon trees and ‘Coboi’ for tea, etc. then they can help reduce imports on these items,” the minister said.
“If they can keep a cow and goat they can have fresh milk and can have a poultry farm to be self-sufficient in chicken and vegetables.”
Dr Luveni said the Ministry of Agriculture ccould provide the technical assistance required.
“The onus is on the women to capitalise on the current period of reform that Government is committed to, to bring about a change for the better, in the lives of our people and country,” she said.



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