WOMEN from rural communities around Fiji came to Suva on Tuesday morning to witness the launch of the first Fiji Women's Expo 2014, which is scheduled for August at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.
The expo, which is a joint collaboration between the Ministry of Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation and LICI, will host women from a number of rural backgrounds from around the country to a week of personal exhibitions.
Speaking at the launch, ministry director Rupeni Fatiaki said the initiative was aimed at creating an avenue for rural women in Fiji to generate income.
The income is expected to be generated through garments made by the women who were provided with sewing machines from the ministry last year.
"We really just want to make sure that women are empowered. There is a lot of talent out in the rural areas and the idea is to expose them," Mr Fatiaki said.
"We hope to allow them to get a break in the market and to expose and empower them. A couple of weeks ago, we had the event at the GPH and we want to encourage women in rural areas to aspire to enter FJFW."