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Be Agents of Change: Vuniwaqa to Women

  The women of Ra were challenged to live up to the expectations of the communities and be “agents of change”. This was the message stressed by Minister for Women,
24 Feb 2017 11:00
Be Agents of Change: Vuniwaqa to Women
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa (with garland), and participants of the Ra Provincial Women’s Craft Show at Uluda Park in Ra. Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni

 

The women of Ra were challenged to live up to the expectations of the communities and be “agents of change”.

This was the message stressed by Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa during the Ra Provincial Women’s Craft Show at the Uluda Park in Ra yesterday.

“To all our women, I wish to challenge you to ensure that you live up to the expectation of your communities to be ‘agents of change’ and continue to make a difference.

“You are already equipped with the necessities to exercise entrepreneurial activities. All we are doing is providing you the development opportunities, like this platform,” said Mrs Vuniwaqa.

She acknowledged the resilience of women after Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“Around the world, resilient and resourceful rural women like yourselves contribute in a multitude of ways through different livelihood strategies to lifting their families and communities out of poverty.

“To be able to rise above that and be able to participate at this craft show is a clear sign of how strong and resilient you are and I salute you for that,” she said.

She said the ministry saw the economic empowerment of women as a reliable and sustainable method of making Fijian women self-reliant and economically independent.

The Ra Provincial Women’s Craft Show collection consisted of more than 200 works created by 120 artists from the district of Ra.

The works were categorised under contemporary items, sewn garments, preserved food and traditional items.

The Ministry of Women is also grateful for its integrated partnership with Fiji Arts Council. The partnership helps to build the capacity for economic development of women who are potential entrepreneurs in craftsmanship.

Twenty-five women from this expo would be selected to display their works during the three-day event of the National Women’s Expo in June.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback:  litia.tikomailepanoni@fijisun.com.fj



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