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Manasa Kalouniviti
Friday, March 09, 2018

MINISTRY of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation's director women Selai Korovusere says, the onus is on women to excel into successful women entrepreneurs in their households and the community.

Mrs Korovusere laid down these challenges to the 62 graduating women at the Makoi Women's Vocational Training Centre when delivering her address as chief guest at Makoi yesterday.

She said with this year's International Women's Day theme of 'Press For Progress' this graduation meant recognising and celebrating women's efforts.

"And to show that women are indeed progressing towards greater heights and endeavours in life," Mrs Korovusere said.

Centre manager Shazna Khan said 62 was the highest number of students that ever graduated from the centre at any time.

"Of the 62 women graduates, 26 graduated in sewing and embroidery, 21 in cooking and pastry with 15 in the new course of hydroponics," she said.

Ms Khan said the passion, dedication and courage of these women had continued to inspire her.

Fiji Muslim League president Hafiz Khan said about 450 women had graduated from the centre since its opening in September 2015.

"That means 450 families who have moved out of some form of difficulty and now have the ability to stand on their own feet. Today is International Women's Day and it's of greater delight and greater emphasis that we are able to empower these women who obviously have shown the desire and the zeal to become somebody," Mr Khan said.

He said they were proud of them because they came on their own accord.

"I've always told these women from the start that nobody pushed you to come; you are very proud people and you want to become something and for that alone you've already got 50 per cent of the mark," he said.

Mr Khan said it didn't matter what background they came from, whether they were Muslims, Christians or Hindus or iTaukei, Indo-Fijians or other races.

"We look after all underprivileged women; it's our way of giving back to the country and the economy," Mr Khan said.

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