THE role women play in the development of a nation cannot be underestimated.
This was a key point raised by the general manager of South Pacific Business Development Fiji, Elrico Munoz, who was a guest speaker at Westpac's International Women's Day 2014 breakfast on Thursday.
Mr Munoz said with the world gearing up to commemorate Women's Day today, it was important to realise the role women played in all sectors of their community.
"SPBD believes in the philosophy that women are the key actors of development in the household, in fact we are exclusively assisting women only in all our country operations," Mr Munoz said.
He said the organisation, which has country offices in Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the Solomon Islands, held fast to Mahatma Ghandi's words: "if you educate a woman, you educate the whole family".
"So therefore, if you empower the woman, you are empowering the whole household."
Mr Munoz said SPBD realised that women, if given the opportunity, would take the chance to become more connected to everything around them rather than to the traditional role of staying at home.