Courtesy call discussion reaffirms ‘Vuvale Partnership’ for women empowerment

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar with the Australian High Commissioner, John Feakes. Picture: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT

Australian and Fiji yesterday reaffirmed the opportunities for the continuation of the ‘Vuvale Partnership’ between the two countries in the area of Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality and Social Protection.

Australian High Commissioner, John Feakes had paid a courtesy call to the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar whereby the minister extended appreciation to Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for their support and effort to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and during natural disasters.

She said it was an important dialogue with Australia’s DFAT to maintain the relationship and to share ideas of how the two countries are addressing issues faced as an impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was also an opportunity to highlight the progress of programmes implemented by the Ministry that was supported by DFAT and also initiatives put in place to work with women, children and the vulnerable during Fiji’s humanitarian crisis,” Ms Akbar said.

“We thank the Australian Government for remaining committed to standing with Fiji as we navigate the current unprecedented challenges,” she said.

Ms Akbar acknowledged the visit by the Mr Feakes saying that this was a positive move to continue and enhance the addressing of women empowerment, gender equality programs and social inclusion.

Also present at the meeting were the First Secretary (Gender Equality), Jane Kierath, Program Manager, Emily Elliot, Director for Women, Selai Korovusere, and Head of Executive Support, Anushka Artika.

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