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Role of women

Luke Nacei
Thursday, February 08, 2018

WOMEN play a vital role in the community we live in, says Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

Mrs Vuniwaqa echoed these sentiments while handing over a canteen project to the women's group of Navatukia in Naitasiri. She reminded the villagers of the critical role that women played in any development, be it in the family, village or at national level.

"The Government prioritises the empowerment of Fijian women, which is evident in the increased budgetary allocation for women empowerment programs over the last five years," Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

Mrs Vuniwaqa also motivated and encouraged the women to engage with women interest officers to further enhance their income generating initiatives and access to services.

She also urged members of the community to seek assistance from the Government to better their lives under the various programs of the ministry.

Navatukia Women's Group president Asena Waco said they were grateful for the provision of the canteen project, which would not only benefit the 35 women who were members, but the village as a whole.

The request for the assistance was made by the Women's Group of Navatukia to the ministry after the declaration of their village as a zero tolerance violence free community last year.

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