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Fashion Show For Rural Women

The event will be opened by the Indonesian Minister for Women Yohana Susana Yembise Rural women from around the country have the opportunity to showcase their designing and creativity talents
14 Oct 2015 10:30
Fashion Show For Rural Women
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar (seventh from left), with the members of the Indonesian Embassy. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

The event will be opened by the Indonesian Minister for Women Yohana Susana Yembise

Rural women from around the country have the opportunity to showcase their designing and creativity talents at the Rural Women’s Fashion Show tomorrow.

It is part of the National Women’s Expo which starts today and ends on Friday at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar says the fashion show has been organised in line with the commemoration of the International Day of Rural Women.

“On the second day of the Expo, on Thursday, October 15, the Ministry will celebrate World Rural Women’s Day. In doing so, the Ministry has organised the Rural Women’s Fashion Show on Thursday evening from 6pm to 8pm at the Vodafone Arena, Suva,” Ms Akbar said.

“The event will be opened by the Indonesian Minister for Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohana Susana Yembise.

“There are 18 women artisans who will be participating in the competition. They will be displaying designs for sulu-jaba, modern dresses and traditional attires, to name a few. So, it’s going to be displays of multicultural designs and four new emerging designers. This would be the first time for them to participate in a fashion show.

“Through this fashion show, they will showcase their fashion designing and passion for modelling. There will be representation of international designers, particularly from Indonesia.”

She said the winners would be awarded with attractive prizes. The fashion show sponsors are Courts Fiji Limited, MH, Island Chill and FIJI Water.

“The winners will be selected based on the quality, creativity and practicality of the designs they display. We know that rural women have great potential when it comes to creativity and originality. This would be an opportunity to be recognised for their designing skills.

“At this year’s National Women’s Expo, we are providing opportunity for women artisans to not only display their talents in producing authentic Fijian handicrafts and contemporary art, but also to recognise their fashion designing skills. Fashion industry is one of the largest and most rapidly growing industries in the world. Most importantly it is a female-dominated industry which provides new business prospects for women entrepreneurs,” Ms Akbar said.

Meanwhile, Mereoni Guivalu, president of Hookers Women’s Group from Nausori, is among those competing in the fashion show.

“I have been designing since I was a young girl and I usually design women’s dresses like butterfly dresses, sulu-jaba and sarong. This would be the first time for me to showcase my designs at the expo. It is a great motivation for rural women designers to know that their talents are being recognised. I have people from overseas who also place orders for my designs and I am sure that I will be able to secure new opportunities at the Expo. It’s wonderful that the Ministry of Women has organised this fashion show to raise the profile of rural women, who are usually left out when it comes to modern world fashion designing,” Mrs Guivalu said.

Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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