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Women Earn $145,000 At Expo

An analysis reveals that money earned by women who participated in Fiji’s first National Women’s Expo last month amounted to more than $145,000. The analysis was done by the Ministry
13 Sep 2014 14:07
Women Earn $145,000 At Expo

An analysis reveals that money earned by women who participated in Fiji’s first National Women’s Expo last month amounted to more than $145,000.

The analysis was done by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation.

The expo which was held at the Vodafone Arena, Suva from August 6 – 8 was organised by the ministry. It provided an opportunity for 1938 women (representing 489 women’s groups in Fiji) to exhibit their skills and talents.

The line minister, Dr Jiko Luveni said the expo was a huge success for the women who returned home with cash in their hands.

“During the expo, women were given evaluation forms to fill and from 1938 women who participated in the expo, reports show that they have earned more than $145,000 by selling handicrafts and various items during the three days,” Dr Luveni said.

“These are the women’s groups who have been assisted with various income generating projects and women’s resource centres established through funding provided by the Government.”

She said the analysis showed that prior to 2004 the Women’s Plan of Action was getting $100,000. However from 2006 to 2014 the budget for the Department of Women, the Women’s Plan of Action (WPA: 2010 to 2019) had increased to 300 per cent.

“The allocation to WPA has increased from just $200,000 to $1.3 million and we have also established a research unit this year that has tracked the data from 2009 to the first quarter of this year.”

Dr Luveni said they had funded more than 220 income generating projects for the women’s groups in Fiji.

“There are 68 women’s resource centres in Fiji along with 90 violence -free communities which are also assisted with income generating projects.”

She said the resource centres provided women with a space for their meetings, skills development trainings and a place to develop their core product. All these programmes had culminated in the first National Women’s Expo.

“Based on the positive response and requests of the women, the ministry plans to hold this event annually,” Dr Luveni said.

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