STRONG support has been shown for the government by the Methodist Church circuit in Nadera.
According to a government statement, this was evident when the Imanueli Methodist Church Women's Group met Women's Minister Dr Jiko Luveni this week.
Group president Salote Kutubalavu said the face-to-face consultation was necessary to express their views on the work of the government.
"We have seen in the media about the frequent ministerial visits to rural communities and our church members were motivated by the government's approach to improve people's livelihood," she said.
"We are enlightened to hear about numerous women's programs, particularly the solar electrification projects, economic programs, zero tolerance violence free campaign and the social pension scheme."
Mrs Kutubalavu said the minister's presentation challenged the women to come out of their comfort zones and realise the importance of their role in national development. "Take for example before only men used to get promotion whereas now that has changed and women are promoted on their merit. Government's commitment to gender equality has raised the profile of women and there is unity among people, we are all called Fijians now," she said.