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Station highlights plight of women

Luke Rawalai
Monday, June 09, 2014

TWENTY-TWO women from six groups in Vanua Levu converged at the FemTALK 89FM Radio with Pictures simulcast series which coincided with the 10th anniversary of the station.

FemLINK executive director Sharon Bhagwan Rolls said issues raised on Friday ahead of the simulcast included the status of single mothers and the high cost of living.

Ms Rolls said many women admitted finding it difficult to put food on the table and also cater for some of their family needs.

"The simulcast will also address access to quality health services and affordability and availability of medicines," she said.

"Development priorities together with young women's empowerment and rural women's leadership will be discussed on the FemTALK 89FM Radio with Pictures simulcast from 10am to 1pm on MaiTV.

"The campaign is supported by the UNDP Pacific Centre, International Women's Development Agency and Global Fund for Women."

Matelita Tikoduadua, 47, of the Naqai Women's Club told the station that she sold fish for a businessman at the Labasa fish market.

"I sell fish for this businessman at the fish market and if I earn less than $500 I get paid $10 per day and if more than $500 he will give me $15 a day," she said.

"We need more women and young women to participate in decision making like in the village and community."

Also discussed at the forum was the fact that poor infrastructure remained to be a barrier to women's participation in decision making whether at community or district level or at divisional level.

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