THE women of Cakaudrove will play an active role in preserving the culture and traditions that are indigenous to the province where a resource centre will be dedicated to the cause.
These were the words of SoqosoqoVakamarama Cakaudrove trustee Adi Salaseini Kavu Fong during the groundbreaking ceremony for the centre in Savusavu on Wednesday.
"The iTaukei tradition and culture are vanishing at an alarming rate and the centre is dedicated to the conservation of our valuable identity," she said. "We will have an archive that will house art and craft including legends, myths and traditions indigenous to the province -the facility will also be a centre where women throughout the province can sell their cultural wares.
"This is the beginning of more projects to come.The centre will not only be focused on women's issues but will work for the good of the whole province."
Adi Sala said the women would also involve youths in the project.
"We are looking at stories, art and craft and other features of Fijian culture that are indigenous to these youths and their districts," she said.
Adi Sala said she was proud to be involved with the rural women of Cakaudrove.
"After 32 years of working in the civil service, I am proud to say I learn a lot when I met these extraordinary women who are dedicated to the development of their province."