ECONOMIC empowerment is this year's National Council for Women's International Women's Day celebrations' focus, says NCW general secretary Fay Volatabu.
"This emphasis stems out of discussions and suggestions made by our affiliates and as a result, for the first time, a night market will be organised at Sukuna Park in Suva on March 8 (tomorrow)," Ms Volatabu said.
"While the day's theme is the Gender Agenda; Gaining Momentum, this initiative is really aimed at encouraging women who aspire to or operate small to medium-sized businesses."
The initiative, the Nite Mart at the Park, is expected to have more than 50 affiliate organisations and 30 non-affiliates as vendors and promises a good variety of food and beverages, second-hand clothes, knick knacks as well as a corner for kava and conversation.
"Operating legitimate small businesses or income-generating projects should not be difficult for women but sometimes it is exactly like this.
"NCW may not be able to provide business incubator facilities for women right now but the Nite Mart at the Park is certainly a good platform to promote their products and services."