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$0.5m For The National Women’s Expo

The women artisans around Fiji are now looking forward to participate in the upcoming National Women’s Expo, after the Government provided the budgetary allocation of $500,000 for the Expo in
02 Jul 2016 08:00
$0.5m For The National Women’s Expo
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar (seated in middle), with the Semo villagers in Sigatoka, Nadroga during the official opening of the Semo Women’s Resource Centre. Photo: Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

The women artisans around Fiji are now looking forward to participate in the upcoming National Women’s Expo, after the Government provided the budgetary allocation of $500,000 for the Expo in the 2016-2017 budget announced last week.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar said the event would recognise the talents of the rural women artisans.

Minister Akbar made these comments this week during the official opening of the Semo Women’s Resource Centre in Nadroga and Shrest Mothers Women’s Training Centre in Samabula, Suva.

“Government this year has allocated $500,000 for the staging of the National Women’s Expo; and your journey to the next Expo starts right from this very Centre. As the ministry prepares for the Divisional Craft Shows and National Women’s Expo for next year, ‘Connecting Women to Markets’ will be the key focus and drive of the event,” Ms Akbar said.

“Connecting women to markets is not just about the quantity but quality, matters most in this competitive world where the best products will always find its way through to the domestic market.

“It is also a platform that provides women with the opportunity to enhance their skills and venture into SME’s (Small to Medium Enterprises).”

Meanwhile, the ministry is also monitoring activities conducted at the various women resource centres and centre extensions.

“The ministry has to date established 68 Women Resource Centres and Centre Extensions. The activities at these Centres is strictly monitored by the ministry to ensure the projects are viable; we are encouraging women to develop their entrepreneurial skills, not only during the Expo time, there has to be continuity,” Ms Akbar said.

“I would like to see these centres, be a hype of activities, a place where you plan, organise and coordinate income generating activities and you can be assured of my support for that. These centres increase the earning power of women through capacity development and skills training opportunities.

“Go for creativity and quality for any products that you are producing at the Centres, my dream for this Expo is to see that you focus on quality; to be able to get a higher price and recognition for your hard work and skills.”

Soqosoqo Vakamarama Nadroga and Navosa vice-president Lanieta Matavesi said the newly-opened Semo Women’s Resource Centre would help them to prepare for the Expo.

“This is a timely development, it will enable our women to access skills training and improve the quality of our products and build our confidence to participate in National Women’s Expo,” Ms Matavesi said.

“There are wide range of items that will be produced ranging from traditional handicrafts, pottery and sewing to name a few.”

 

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