GOVERNMENT is committed to empowering women and eradicating poverty, says Ministry of Women permanent secretary Govind Sami.
Speaking at the opening of a new bakery at Mataniwai Village in Macuata, Mr Sami said women had been greatly assisted by government.
"The opening of this new bakery will empower women in this community by providing them with income opportunities," he said.
"Bakeries have proven to be a success in villages and communities around the country and I am confident this one will be successful as well.
"This bakery is a clear indication of government's commitment to eradicating poverty as the project will allow women to earn money and support their families."
Mr Sami said other projects had been set up in communities around the country which had empowered women.
"These projects include the distribution of sewing machines, poultry farming, floral business, coconut shell jewellery which is a new area and women are being empowered through these projects.
"We will continue to make a difference in people's lives as government continues to work with communities."
Mr Sami said the bakery would benefit the village as a whole.