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Women learn about rights

Ana Madigibuli
Monday, February 11, 2013

ABOUT 29 women from the greater Nasinu area are learning about their rights for the first time.

The women from around Nakasi, Muanikoso and Wainibuku were part of a three-day 'power to change workshop' that taught them about sexual reproductive health rights and inter-generational leadership at the Navuloa Methodist Church.

They learned the five pillars of leadership, self awareness and participated in activities such as art and craft work.

Youth Women Project co-ordinator Paulini Turagabeci said many of the women learned about their roles and responsibilities, having access to services, becoming a leader, women's right and Fiji's laws.

Ms Turagabeci said the workshop was to empower women within their communities.

"We will conduct similar workshops in rural areas and our next one would be in Bua, Vanua Levu," she said.

Participant Ilisapeci Likuvesi said she learned a lot from the workshop.

Ms Likuvesi said yesterday was the first time for her to be part of a workshop that enlightened women on their rights.

"I had a lot of issues in the past but I did not know how to address those issues because I had no knowledge of the various rights that women have," Ms Likuvesi said.

"I know I can help women in my community better understand their rights by encouraging them to attend similar workshops,"she said.

The participants were awarded certificates at the end of the workshop.

The workshop began on Thursday and ended on Saturday.