Women, mums praised on graduation

Graduates of the sewing class at the Makoi Vocational Training Centre in Nasinu. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Today we salute women and mothers, including those of you planning to be mothers, says president of the Fiji Muslim League (FML) Hafiz Khan.

Mr Khan made the comment during his opening address during the graduation ceremony of 62 women at the Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre this morning.

“Today we are witnessing the graduation of second largest batch of women at the centre after almost three years in operation. I think we’ve already exceeded the 500 mark and are reaching 600 in terms of women that have graduated here at the centre. In total it’s that many families that have moved out of poverty we hope because these are very enterprising, ambitious and beautiful women that have chosen to come here by themselves,” Mr Khan said.

“They were not coerced; they were not pushed but have chosen to come here because they believe they can better themselves and hopefully when they get out of here, they have the opportunity of showing their families and friends that they can stand on their own feet,” he said.

Director of Social Welfare Rupeni Fatiaki was chief guest at the graduation ceremony at the Makoi women’s centre.