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UNDP, Westpac Provide Women Vendors Training

An agreement was signed last Tuesday between Westpac Banking Corporation (Fiji) and the United Nations Development Programme to provide financial literacy and business education training for women market vendors in
12 Oct 2014 08:12
UNDP, Westpac Provide Women Vendors Training
Women Vendors Training

An agreement was signed last Tuesday between Westpac Banking Corporation (Fiji) and the United Nations Development Programme to provide financial literacy and business education training for women market vendors in Fiji.

Through this an estimated 3500 women will benefit from the US$1million funding by the Australian government.

United Nations resident co-ordinator and UNDP resident representative, Osnat Lubrani, said this was UNDP’s support for the Markets for Change [MFC] project for Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

“The project aims to ensure that marketplaces in rural and urban areas in the three countries are safe, inclusive and non-discriminatory environments, promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment,” Ms Lubrani said.

Women market vendors in 10 markets in Fiji will benefit from the training.

“MFC is a multimillion dollar project spread over six years,” Ms Lubrani said. She said in the Pacific, between 75 to 90 per cent of vendors working in the region’s marketplaces were women.

Their earnings often made up a significant portion of the incomes of many poor households, she said.

“The signing of this partnership agreement will enable UNDP, through Westpac, to deliver tailor-made trainings on financial literacy and basic financial management to market vendors in Fiji for now and Vanuatu and Solomon Islands later in the project,” she said.

Westpac’s acting general manager, Wayne Beckley, said the bank was becoming a choice for women.

“Empowering women is extremely important to Westpac as an organization. So important that we have embedded this in our sustainability strategy,” Mr Beckley said.

UNDP will cover all training associated costs while the bank will facilitate the training for Suva, Nausori, Sigatoka, Nadi, Namaka, Lautoka, Ba, Tavua, Rakiraki and Labasa women market vendors.
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