COVID-19: Lautoka market vendors receive washable face masks

Lautoka Market Vendors Association representative Tavenisa Jerelyn (right) gave a face mask to Kava vendor Adi Vasiti Naodele at the Lautoka Municipal Market this morning - Thursday, June 10, 2021. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Six hundred face masks were handed over to vendors at the Lautoka Market today.

The masks were supplied by the UN Women through its Markets for Change project.

Lautoka Market Vendors Association president Filomena O’Neill said the washable face masks would boost vendors’ safety in the market.

She also acknowledged UN Women for its continuous support towards Fijian market vendors.

UN women through the Markets for Change project is supporting women market vendors whose livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19 , and also promote PPE safety in markets for the vendors and council workers engaged in the markets.

The Markets for Change Project promotes gender equality through the economic empowerment of women market vendors in Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.

The project brings together governments, market vendors and market vendor associations, civil society organisations and UN agencies.

M4C is implemented by UN Women in partnership with UNDP and the governments of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.


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