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War camp survivor to grace expo

Ana Madigibuli
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

THE witty and bold Bambi Nancy Shen, a Japanese concentration camp survivor of then Indochina, in World War II will be the guest of honour during the National Women's Expo this week.

Mrs Shen's message to women is to always support and challenge one another and to shatter the ceiling of mental and cultural restrictions around them.

Mrs Shen is the well-known author of her memoir, The Uncrushable Rose: A Memoir from Concentration Camp to Becoming a Free Woman.

Women will have a chance to talk to her about her life and having to overcome many challenges as a survivor of the concentration camps and she will share her experiences and inspire the participants during the expo.

The National Women's Expo that will be held this week prioritises women's needs and gives them an opportunity to voice their concerns on issues they face on a daily basis.

Women's Minister Dr Jiko Luveni said the women's expo was to be the first for the country as it brought women representatives from the rural, urban and maritime areas.

"It is an opportunity to get women to come and expose their skills especially women groups that have been producing products for income-generation," she said.

"We feel that after two to three years of getting women to do income-generating projects that they are ready to display what they have to the public.

"They will undergo the necessary training because of the remoteness they face in coming in from the rural and maritime areas."

She said women would get a chance to get exposure to basic business skills and financial literacy training.

"We have some experts coming in from Indonesia who will help in upskill training on quality of products made," Dr Luveni said.

"There is going to be a workshop on the rocket stove that we are trying to promote especially for rural women to lighten their loads of collecting firewood.

"The wellness centres will be set up during the expo where women can get free medical checkups especially those facing health problems."





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