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Expo – Women Display a United Fiji

Event provided opportunity for women to network, share, have fun, fellowship MAIKA BOLATIKI SUVA Participants in the first ever National Women’s Expo 2014 had displayed the unity the new Fiji
10 Aug 2014 09:15

Event provided opportunity for women to network, share, have fun, fellowship

The National Women’s Expo was always packed with people during the tree-day event.

MAIKA BOLATIKI
SUVA
Participants in the first ever National Women’s Expo 2014 had displayed the unity the new Fiji government had been advocating.
The Minister for Social Welfare, Women ad Poverty Alleviation, Dr Jiko Luveni said women from around the country, including Kioa, Rabi and Rotuma were united in the three-day event.
“The women really displayed the new and united Fiji we’re all heading for,”Dr Luveni said.
“During entertainment all joined and this has never been seen anywhere in the country.”
She said the expo was beyond human expression and was set alive to grow into new maturity.
Dr Luveni said the expo had provided a good opportunity for the women to network, share, have fun and fellowship.
She said it had been her dream to get the women together to showcase their various skills and the start was the opening of women’s centres around the country.
Her dream had become a reality. Dr Luveni said in the new Fiji women would walk through new doors so she would continue to serve them wherever they were in Fiji.
She said it was time they geared their products for the export markets.
According to the minister all that the women brought over were sold and overseas buyers had sent money for selected items.

The Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni (second from right) at the closing. Photo: Ministry of Women

She said people were awed by the beauty of handicrafts displayed.
“Not surprising enough, that orders for kuta and mats had come via facebook from abroad. Such is the amazing power of the social media and I must thank our hardworking information team for setting that up.”
She said they were lucky to have a Government that supported them.
The Bainimarama-led government, she said, had given the people of Fiji, a progessive, rights- based Constitution.
“It has provided political will and leadership on the empowerment of women to be true equal partners in developmemnt alongside men.”
She said Fiji would bloom like a rose after elections and their generations would see to this.
The expo would become an annual event and this would see women continuing the revival of traditional arts and culture for women.
As for the Marama ni Yavusa, she hoped they had learned much from their three-day summit.
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