WOMEN of Qauia in Lami, celebrated Rural Women's Day by conducting an environmental workshop and conducting a clean-up of the Qauia River.
The day was organised by the Catholic Women's League of Lami Parish and included women of other faith-based organisations in the area.
The league's Lami Parish president Asela Naisara said she believed flash flooding of the Qauia River last month was because of rubbish clogging up the waterway, and this prompted the women to raise environmental awareness.
"We felt that we needed to take action to try to clear the waterway because we realised there could be an outbreak of typhoid or dengue and other related diseases, because we often have flash floods and flooding, so it's really a concern to us," she said.
"We worked in partnership with the Department of Environment and Ministry of Health and the Suva District Officer who opened the workshop to raise awareness of the environment.
"And we went down to clean parts of the river.
"We spoke to the Lami Town Council in terms of how they could separate the rubbish and try to maybe recycle some."