7 July, 2019, 9:55 am
FORTY three women from across the Western Division have been equipped with socio-economic skills that would enable them to establish their own small micro businesses.
The women graduated with certificates awarded by the Almanah Hope Centre in Lautoka where the group had been receiving basic financial training.
While congratulating the women on reaching the end of their training, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa said the ministry was proud to be associated with Almanah Hope Centre through financial support which has since amounted to $100,000 over the past two years.
“It is a pleasure for my ministry to be associated with organisations as such that explore innovative methods of enhancing women’s economic participation and empowerment,” she said.
“Women’s economic empowerment is the right and smart investment and also an indispensable one.
“For poverty eradication, for inclusive, sustained and rapid economic growth, for reducing inequality and leaving no one behind and for the sustainable development of all as promised in 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“Women are the backbone of their communities because they are active in the informal sector. We have our women to thank for engaging in long hours of unpaid labour, taking care of the home, the children, the elders and the household needs in order to provide the men in their homes and communities the opportunity to be fully active economically outside the home.
“However, as a nation and economy growing rapidly year after year, we just cannot leave behind half the population’s resourcefulness and contributions in the development of the nation and that is why, women’s economic empowerment is the right and smart thing to do.”