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A voice for women at expo

Ana Madigibuli
Friday, August 08, 2014

THE first National Women's Expo is designed to put the nation's spotlight on female artisans, farmers and small businesswomen from the maritime, rural and urban areas.

About 1900 women from 499 women groups are part of the three-day event in Suva this week.

Having the right market, being isolated and poor transportation are issues that many women from the maritime areas hope the elected government will look into addressing.

Moala representative Lesi Draunidalo said they hoped a proper market could be established for women in remote areas.

"We have a lot of products but having the right market is a major problem that we hope to address because we cannot earn or generate income if we do not have access to a proper market," Ms Draunidalo said.

"Transportation of goods might not seem like a big deal to people in the urban areas but for us in maritime islands, it is a barrier in earning some form of income."

Kioa women's group president Susan Falu said being in isolation had its advantages and disadvantages, especially. She said isolation meant people maintain their culture and were always proud of their identity when they were together.

"But isolation is a problem if we do not know of what is being offered in the big world, especially with women and children."

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