WOMEN who hold traditional titles have a greater chance in empowering and enhancing women's understanding in rural settings.
Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni said of the total 1293 villages, 144 tikina (districts) and 14 provinces in Fiji, 170 women held traditional titles.
Dr Luveni said the Marama ni Yavusa Summit expected to be held in August this year would be the first program to be held for women from the various provinces.
She said 50 traditional women leaders would attend the summit.
"The women who will be part of the summit are from the ages of 50 to 58 years," Dr Luveni said.
"Statutory bodies by gender ratio are 77 per cent men to 23 per cent women, including the 14 provincial council members."
She said the program would focus on building the capacity of the marama ni yavusa or mataqali addressing leadership and good governance principals, communication and confidence building.