Empowering women important, says Vuniwaqa

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa. Picture: FT FILE

WOMEN empowerment was the focus of the Fourth Joint Technical Working Group meeting between Fiji and Indonesia that began in Nadi on Wednesday night.

Opened by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa, the meeting was also attended by her Indonesian counterpart Yohana Susana Yembise.

Mrs Vuniwaqa said it was important for the two countries to collaborate in the effort to empower women.

“Women’s empowerment is an important agenda for the Fijian Government and we are proud to inform that it is part of our five to 20-year National Development Plan as well,” she said.

“This is a guiding tool for us in nation building and we are committed to ensure that women are not left behind.

“For the gender agenda to become a national priority, a lot of work from a lot of agencies was required.

Participants of the Fourth Joint Technical Working Group meeting between Fiji and Indonesia pose for a group photo in Nadi on Wednesday evening. Picture: Supplied

“We are very thankful to our partners at the community levels, women’s NGO and the greater civil society, other government agencies, development partners and of course our bilateral partners like (Indonesia).”

She said the pledge to improve the protection, welfare and safety of children was also an important agenda.

“Again, we acknowledge that our performance in this area of work is most effective due to our inter-agency networks with various stakeholders within Government and the civil society including faith-based organisations and we are also thankful to this friendship with the Indonesian government to further progress in this area.”

Yesterday, the two ministers paid a special visit to Solevu Village in Malolo to observe various projects run by women’s groups.

More Stories