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Ra Women To Showcase Their Talents

Starts Wednesday until Friday at Vodafone Arena, Suva The women from the interior of Ra Province are geared up for the National Women’s Expo at the Vodafone Arena in Suva
12 Oct 2015 10:10
Ra Women To Showcase Their Talents

Starts Wednesday until Friday at Vodafone
Arena, Suva

The women from the interior of Ra Province are geared up for the National Women’s Expo at the Vodafone Arena in Suva from Wednesday to Friday.

The theme of the three-day programme is ‘Connecting Women to Markets: Make it Happen.”

They will join 600 Fijian women artisans who have been sponsored to participate at the Expo – 130 are from Ra, Ba, Tavua, Nadi, Sigatoka, Lautoka, Rotuma and Yasawa.

The women from Ra are prepared to showcase their authentic Fijian handicrafts at the Expo. Among them and participating for the first time is Uliana Nabole, the president of Nativi Women’s Group in Ra.

“I was selected through the divisional craft show in Lautoka this year. I earned over $300 in just a day selling handicrafts made from kuta and voivoi. There is a high demand for these traditional products. This would be the first time for me to participate in the Expo and I hope to make the most of the opportunity given.

Kuta (Eleocharis sphacelata, Cyperaceae), a reed, is a rare and highly valued weaving plant that grows in only some parts of Fiji. Voivoi is pandanus leaves.

“We have a women’s resource centre in our village. It is encouraging to see that Government is reaching out to rural women through a national event like the Expo. It is a great incentive for rural women to use their traditional art and skills for the development of their families,” Mrs Nabole said.

Sereima Tupou from Matawailevu Village, Ra, said the Expo would be a platform for women to share skills and knowledge.

“I was at the Expo last year and witnessed the wide range of products that women sold. Rural women are talented and it’s through events like the Expo that gives them the exposure and confidence to enhance their talents,” she said.

“It is the most awaited event for the year for us women and apart from showcasing our products, we access new ideas and information that helps us makes informed decisions.

“We thank the Bainimarama Government for sponsoring us to come this far and creating this new marketing opportunity and recognising rural women.

Meanwhile, 156 women will represent the Central Division, 120 from the Northern Division and 194 from the Eastern Divisions. These women will also be provided with the opportunity to participate in capacity building and empowerment workshops which has been organised by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation in partnership with Westpac and UNDP.

Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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