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Women raise concerns over high cost of living

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

THE rise in the cost of living in Fiji over the past decade has been hard for rural families in times of natural disasters.

The rural convener for FemLink Pacific in the Northern Division, Adi Vasulevu Chute, said this information was gathered from women in rural households.

"Actually, women now say that food prices have tripled over the past 10 to 15 years," she said.

"Since the cost of living has gone up, women find it hard to cope with costs after natural disasters.

"For example, women say that it is extremely costly for families to move to higher ground during times of flooding."

She said women had raised concerns about buying additional items such as canned foodstuff when moving to higher ground during natural disasters.

"Many families have also stated they leave behind many items while relocating, which get damaged during natural disasters.

"These are items like food and clothing."

She said they met with the women once a month.

"We are there to raise their priority issues and one of the priorities is climate change and environment security.

"We want to educate the women and train them so that they can be better prepared in times of disasters and how we can do preventative measures also around the area of climate change."

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