Ministry focus on sustainable market for women artisans

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa with the winner of the Eastern Division sales, Pajimaca Baba. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation is tasked with creating a more sustainable market for women artisans to sell and promote their products beyond the three days of 2018 Fiji National Women’s Expo.

This was highlighted by Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa while officially closing the event yesterday afternoon at FMF Gymnasium in Suva.

“It’s a challenge that will be a key focus for my ministry after we close this event today (yesterday). This initiative started in 2014 to bring women artisans out of your comfort zones and to ask you to share the beauty of your God-given talents with the people of Fiji and beyond,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

“Fiji’s National Gender Policy awareness is progressively undertaken across Government to ensure women’s issues and concerns are mainstreamed into various policies and programs”

She said this provided a comprehensive platform, which included gender advocacy in development.

“The policy is also consistent with Government’s commitment to implementing the Women’s Plan of Action (WPA 2010- 2019) based on the Beijing Platform for Action, and with Fiji’s commitment to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW),” she said.

She added in 2014, 1516 women earned $133,152 with 570 women generating $314,133.20 in 2015.

Last year 475 women who took part earned a total of $402,469.35 while 340 artisans collected $430,244.40 this year.

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