MUNICIPAL markets are not only a place to sell but a facility where women vendors meet and socialise with one another, says Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni.
In an address at the opening of the new $50,000 food parcel selling area in Savusavu last Thursday, Dr Luveni said: "A lot of people usually ask me why women often go out to the field almost every Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays to collect food crops and fruits, and I always tell them that the women have a reasonable answer," she said.
"The women will tell you that they are looking forward to the weekend to visit the markets not only to sell their produce but also to meet their friends and relatives.
"This is a place where women build up their relationship network with other women vendors. This is also an opportunity for them to come out of their villages to sell and earn income for their families."
Dr Luveni said many women enjoyed going to the market to sell.
"Because of this enjoyment, the government has aimed to provide facilities where women can feel comfortable in and sell freely without any complications.
"We don't want women to come and sell out in the rain and sun and that's why we are working with the municipalities to provide facilities that will accommodate them well."
The project was one of the capital projects undertaken by the Savusavu Town Council.