A THREE-day festival begins at the Syria Park in Nausori today to raise money for various projects proposed by the women of Tailevu.
A target of $200,000 has been set to be raised at the festival.
Festival organising committee member Ana Tagivakatini said there would be 13 queen contestants competing in the pageant for the crown.
"As you know, the women in the province want to have their own building that they can call their own," Mrs Tagivakatini said.
"We want to have our own conference room, our own office and a place where the women from all the 22 districts come and meet and sell their handicraft."
She said in the long term, the Tailevu Women's Association hoped to have a gym in its building.
"So we are thankful that the council has given its blessing and we have a budget of $30,000 to organise such an important day for the women to come and meet and do something for their vanua."
There will be meke and a singing competition and oratory contests at the park. Mrs Tagivakatini thanked the chiefs and the women of the province for their support for this women's initiative that is anticipated to benefit the future generation of Tailevu.