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Call To Give Women An Equal Break

  A gathering in Suva has been told that women must be given equal opportunities as men because what they earn as income goes into the needs of families. The
22 Jun 2018 10:00
Call To Give Women An Equal Break
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa and Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni had a tour around the FMF Gymnasium after the launch of 2018 Fiji National Women’s Expo. Photo: Ashna Kumar

 

A gathering in Suva has been told that women must be given equal opportunities as men because what they earn as income goes into the needs of families.

The comment came from Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni yesterday while opening the 2018 Fiji National Women’s Expo at the FMF Gymnasium in Laucala Bay, Suva.

Dr Luveni, who is the brainchild behind the expo, said the idea behind staging it was to provide an avenue for rural women to showcase handicraft produced in parts of Fiji, to compare the quality of their products with their own and aspire to learn and produce other handicraft.

“We all have God-given talents and rural women have the resources to develop their talents and contribute to your family’s income,” she said.

“This expo recognises the tremendous capabilities and potential of our women. And the challenge of finding the markets can also be facilitated as buyers are out there to identify you in the next three days.

“The expo is to celebrate the work of women artisans from all over Fiji and we are reminded of your work, commitment, dedication struggles to reduce poverty and build more peaceful and prosperous Fiji. This can only happen when we empower our women to be more resourceful.”

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa said the National Women’s Expo was a programme that stemmed from the Fijian Government’s commitment to empower Fijian Women as entrepreneurs and enhance their economic participation.

“We know that investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth,” she said.

“I convey my heartiest gratitude to the Prime Minister and the Fijian Government for investing in women’s empowerment programmes with great faith in our women to be equal partners in taking Fiji forward; including the consistent budget allocation towards the staging of the Fiji National Women’s Expo since its establishment in 2014.”

Speaking at a pre-event cocktail on Wednesday night, Ms Vuniwaqa said everyone had a part to play in supporting our women’s economic participation and helping their income-generating ventures grow.

On display at the gymnasium are assorted mats, assorted masi products, assorted kuta products, pottery, traditional fans and baskets.

Apart from that there are contemporary crafts such as wall hangings, home decorations, reusable shopping bags, jewellery, virgin coconut oil, dried flowers, handmade cards, contemporary fans, assorted types of baskets, table mats, door mats, jewellery boxes and photo frames. Women from the various division have also dabbled in textiles and preserved foods.

Edited by Epineri Vula

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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