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Centre to boost women's role

Ana Madigibuli
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A $22,000 women's resource centre was officially opened last week in Rukua Village on Beqa Island.

Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni said the centre would boost the role of women in the community, provide them with a place to organise regular meetings and training and co-ordinate income-generating projects.

Raviravi district representative Orisi Cagilaba said their plans for the centre were achieved following a visit by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama to the island last year.

"The people of Beqa mostly depend on tomato farming, fishing and tourism for their living and we are grateful to the government for addressing our needs," Mr Cagilaba said.

"The women's centre is one of the many developments initiated by the government.

"In our district alone, which includes Lalati, Nawaisomo, Raviravi and Rukua, there have been developments worth $1.5million.

"All the assistance have been channelled through the government's Rural Integrated Development Program, and people on the island are happy.

"Soon all their dark days will be over with a new solar electrification project that the government is trying to bring to the island.

"All these long-awaited initiatives have been fulfilled because of the Prime Minister's visit to the island last year."

Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni said the new centre provided an opportunity to institutionalise the women's group on Beqa.

"They now have a centre that they can call their own and it would create new economic opportunities for them," Dr Luveni said.


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