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Women Are Now Fearless Entrepreneurs: Bhatnagar

Men often complained there were no crisis centre and no interna­tional day celebration for them.
10 Mar 2019 16:42
Women Are Now Fearless Entrepreneurs: Bhatnagar
Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Veena Bhatnagar (second from the right-sitting) with organisers and staff members during the International Women’s Day Celebration at Labasa Civic Centre on March 8, 2019. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Allevia­tion Veena Bhatnagar has chal­lenged women gathered for the Inter­national Women’s Day Celebration at Labasa Civic Centre yesterday to em­bark on a journey of self-discovery.

She said men often complained there were no crisis centre and no interna­tional day celebration for them.

“The answer to this is that men have never been suppressed like women,” Ms Bhatnagar said.

“Men have been thriving for centuries because a woman somewhere in their life was making sacrifices, taking care of a family, indulging in unpaid care work, cooking and cleaning while they (men) had the time and opportunity to go out there and do what he had to do.”

“They ended up treating women with disrespect, dishonour, inhumanity and suppression,” she said.

“The Fijian Government has recog­nised this gap in time and hence the cultivation of initiatives such as in­come generating projects facilitation, the capacity building training, and financial literacy for sustainability of the projects has come about. It has boosted growth and confidence in our women.

“We are now seeing our mothers turn into fearless entrepreneurs.”

“The theme for this year celebration is Balance for Better,” she said.

“Government needs your help. We need our partners, community leaders and each and every individual to help create that balance for a better future for all Fijians.”

The celebration was organised by the Labasa Women’s Forum inviting vari­ous women’s club to showcase their talents.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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