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Minister hails work of civil societies

Matilda Simmons
Thursday, September 08, 2016

ASSISTANT Minister for Health Veena Bhatnagar says she is amazed at the level of work displayed by civil societies in the country.

She made the comments while launching a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project "Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Fiji initiative" (SCEFI) which aims to help grassroots communities engage in national decision making.

"I must commend the dynamic youth organisations which are capable of bringing about systemic change in a more inclusive society, a society more empowered, a society more understanding and more accommodating, and involved in decision making has brought about huge changes in the way people think and perceive, changing mind-sets at local community level especially elders is a huge achievement on its own and reflects the efforts shown by many."

Present at the launch were three community organisations involved in projects around the country.

These include Youth Champs 4 Mental Health, The Naari Shakti Mother's Club from Nausori and the Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding.

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