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Natuvu Park Open Marketplace for Women

  The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa has urged more women to be economically empowered. She stressed this during the opening of Natuvu Park in Savusavu
03 Dec 2018 12:31
Natuvu Park Open Marketplace for Women
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa (third from left) with other stakeholders during the opening of the Natuvu Park in Savusavu on December 1, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

 

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa has urged more women to be economically empowered.

She stressed this during the opening of Natuvu Park in Savusavu on Saturday.

“With the established Natuvu Park, women can now sell their artwork and handicrafts,” she said.

“A lot of women were looking for a marketplace to sell their work.

“The economic empowerment of women is not a secret. It can alleviate the lives of communities and the entire nation as a whole.

“But it can only be possible if women are given the right platform to showcase their skills and talents on,” she said.

Ms Vuniwaqa said that women in Savusavu faced a lot of difficulties in selling their craft work.

Ms Vuniwaqa reflected on her childhood days in the Northern Division.

“We used to have women coming in from the interiors of the North to stay with us just to sell their craft when the cruise liners arrived,” she said.

She said that the lack of space and infrastructure had also been a hindrance for many of them.

“They would be sitting under the trees along the foreshore just to sell their craft,” she said.

“But now we have a permanent place where all women can get together and sell their handicraft every Saturday,” she said.

She said that partnerships like these with that of the Government together with the Vanua were important.

“It is initiatives like these that bring out the potential in all women,” she said.

She also thanked the chairperson of Cakaudrove Provincial Holdings, Viliame Cegumalua, for donating the piece of land for the park.

“Let Natuvu Park be a bigger stepping stone for all the women of Savusavu,” she said.

“I would like to encourage more women to come out here every Saturday to sell your craftwork,” she said.

 

Dakua planting:

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The park opening also saw the planting of a Dakua Makadre (kauri tree species) by Ms Vuniwaqa and officials.

Emitai Rakuro, Forestry Officer at Ministry of Forestries, Savusavu said: “Dakua Makadre is a native timber and by planting this, we are shifting our focus more into the native timbers.”

He said that the green and glossy leaves would be a landmark of the town. He said that it would take around 60-70 years for the tree to mature.

“Trees are our family members and we should treat them equally,” he said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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