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Ovalau Clubs Receive Means Of Making Money

Women from some villages on Ovalau are appreciative of the quick Government response to their requests made last month to the Minister of Women, Mereseini Vuniwaqa. During an official visit
30 Mar 2018 10:00
Ovalau Clubs Receive Means Of Making Money
Handing over of two sewing machines to the Nukutocia Women’s Group. Photo: Ministry of Women

Women from some villages on Ovalau are appreciative of the quick Government response to their requests made last month to the Minister of Women, Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

During an official visit to Ovalau, the minister had received requests from Rukuruku, Arovudi, Taviya, Visoto and Nukutocia Villages, for means of income-generating projects for their women’s groups.

The ministry was quick to react and this week the Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta, said income generating projects would build the commitment between the ministry and women’s groups in working together for the empowerment of rural women.

Dr Koroivueta handed over items for a canteen project to the Rukuruku women’s group, and two sewing machines each to the Rukuruku, Arovudi, Taviya, Visoto and Nukutocia women’s group.

Dr Koroivueta said that investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth.

He said that the ministry was happy to provide income-generating projects to registered women’s group in Fiji to alleviate poverty by economically empowering women.

“Government knows the geographical challenges these villages face and the ministry will assist these women’s group with an income-generating project that has given the women new hope,” Dr Koroivueta said.

He also acknowledged the support shown by the men and ‘vanua’ towards the aims and work of the women in these villages.

Dr Koroivueta reiterated that the ministry would work towards the eradication of poverty and fulfilling the rights of rural women and girls to an adequate standard of living, to a life free of violence, food security, decent work, education, health, inclusive of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

He said that the government reaffirmed the need for greater financing from all sources, including improved development assistance, in order to “leave no Fijian woman or girl behind”.

Dr Koroivueta motivated and encouraged the women to engage with the Women’s Interest Assistant (WIA) – Lomaiviti, to further improve their income-generating initiatives and access to services.

This was conveyed to other members of the community who wish to seek assistance for the betterment of their lives and capitalising the various programmes under the Ministry.

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj



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