THE development of women is a global effort, says Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Doctor Jiko Luveni,
Dr Luveni made the statement while officiating the ground-breaking ceremony of a new multi-purpose hall in Savusavu yesterday.
She said it was through such development that the government had ratified the Convention on the Discrimination of Women.
"This recognition is evident in the establishment of the Ministry of Women in the Fijian government," Dr Luveni said.
"Government is concerned about the fact that women have very few institutions available to them, and a group that is of concern to the government are the market vendors.
"As in all cases, it is 80 per cent of the women who make up the vendors in any market around the country and we thank the government in recognising this and approving the construction of the hall through the ministry."
Dr Luveni said they were happy to partner with the Savusavu Town Council in making the project a reality.
"This project is a government project and all ministries have had a say in this.
"The hall will be further developed into an information centre not only for women but for men as well.
"To all women, this is an indication of government's contribution to our development as we will be economically-empowered, especially in securing our individual families."
Dr Luveni said the development of the nation could only be successful if men and women work together.