Kepa applauds 2018 National Women’s Expo program

Ema Kanacuva displays her craft during the National Womans Expo 2018 at FMF Gymnasium yesterday. Picture: RAMA

OPPOSITION Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa says the 2018 National Women’s Expo program must continue for the benefit of our women in both rural and urban areas.

She said the expo did not only allow women to showcase their skills and earn money, but also provided an opportunity for them to come together to share their stories and knowledge to help each other and to network.

“Many more skilled women are out there, and they must be encouraged to join and be part of the expo activities,” she said.

“It is encouraging to witness at the 2018 National Women’s Expo which opened today (yesterday), the level of creativity and innovation in our women. “Walking around the exhibition area, it was encouraging to see young women also present as it is vital that these skills and knowledge are passed on to the younger generations so that it carries on and is not lost.”

She said to ensure this did not happen, it was important for the Ministry of Education to include art and craft in their curriculum to offer a safety net for students who were not academically inclined.

She said with the budget announcement next week, she hoped that allocation will be made to allow more women to participate in this type of economic activity in years to come.

“The Opposition and I express our well-wishes to the women participants. We also call on the public to visit the exhibitions to meet our talented women leaders and check out what is on display,” she added.