PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has highlighted the importance of women's role in their homes and the nation.
He spoke on the issue during the opening of the Buretu Women's Centre in Tailevu on Wednesday.
The centre provides women of Buretu with information on how to set up new projects such as handicraft, baking and commercial farming.
"Each of these centres will specialise in making particular products and for Buretu the plan is to produce virgin coconut oil and handicraft," Commodore Bainimarama said.
"It is government's intention that this new centre will not only generate money for the Buretu community but also for Fiji's rural economic development and provide those opportunities for the benefit of our future generations.
"My government's reforms include protecting and promoting the rights of women and children in the country.
"You are the ones who have always been neglected and often your rights and aspirations have been ignored by previous governments."
Commodore Bainimarama challenged the men- folk to change their perception of women.