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Underprivileged Women Helped By Muslim Centre

The newly built Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre in Suva will provide skills training and employment opportunities for underprivileged women including those who are found begging on our streets. This
27 May 2015 09:19
Underprivileged Women Helped By Muslim Centre
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar with Fiji Muslim League and Fiji Muslim Women’s League representatives while presenting the equipment for the new Makoi Women’s Vocational training Centre in Makoi.

The newly built Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre in Suva will provide skills training and employment opportunities for underprivileged women including those who are found begging on our streets.

This was revealed at the official Memorandum of Agreement between the Fiji Muslim Women’s League and the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation on Friday last week.

The ministry has provided a grant of $100,000 and sewing machines worth $17,000 to equip the new centre that will be opened to women of all faiths.

Ms Akbar said the new centre would boost the income generating opportunities for women by enhancing their self-confidence and talents.

“The Centre will be instrumental in equipping the women with skills and tools to help them acquire an independent living. Those women who are currently found into street begging will also have the opportunity to change their lives through this Centre,” she said.

“From the Ministry’s profiling exercise, we have found out that women who beg on the streets usually have homes, so the Centre will just be a place where they will be trained and equipped with tools to help them find a decent living.”

Speaking on behalf of Fiji Muslim Women’s League, its national president, Nisha Buksh, said the centre would enable women to achieve highest potential in their lives.

“It will provide skills development and employment opportunities for destitute females of our society, who through some unforeseen circumstances are out begging in the streets, widows, divorcees, single mums, women and young girls who come from broken families,” she said.

“We thank the Bainimarama government for the assistance given to this centre, it will help us to furnish this centre that will also provide accommodation to the trainees.”

As the centre progresses, it will also look at offering opportunities for women in Samoa and Tonga.

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