WOMEN from seven villages in Nadi have taken it upon themselves to learn more about healthy cooking in order to promote health and wellness in their own villages.
The Soqooqo ni Marama ni Tikina o Nadi took part in a two-day workshop where they learnt various skills to promote wellness and, at the same time, earn income for their families.
"Most of the time, our members have been making money from selling baked goods like cakes and pies but when we look at it closely, most of these products are filled with a lot of sugar," said group president Marica Dawai.
"With this workshop, we are teaching the women to cook other dishes that are healthier and we hope that they adopt this new approach because we want to promote a healthier way of living for our villages."
She said the women were encouraged to venture into healthier and sustainable businesses to earn their income.
The group will host the first national rural women's day celebrations later this month in Nadi.
Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni said the day was held to recognise the critical role and contribution of rural women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating poverty.
"This year's theme is claim your right to dignity and education, and it is with great pride that I say, these basic rights cover all women and today I would like to highlight these rights on rural women," she said.
"Rural women play a key role in supporting their households and communities in achieving food and nutrition security, generating income, and improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing."