Women’s group urged to seek help

Ministry of Women permanent secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta with women from Natauloa Village in Nairai. Picture: SUPPLIED

Permanent secretary for Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta encouraged women’s groups to identify areas of need for economic empowerment and to reach out to the relevant stakeholders and ask for assistance.

Dr Koroivueta made these remarks as he handed over eight sewing machines during the Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion for Rural and Urban Fijians Project (REACH) visit to Natauloa Village in Nairai for the women of Natauloa, Lawaki, Vutuna and Tovulailai villages yesterday.

“Rural women are leaders, entrepreneurs and service providers, and their contributions are vital to the wellbeing of families, communities and economies, and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals for the Fijian Government,” Dr Koroivueta said.

He added the key target was to provide opportunities to increase women’s active participation and to enhance their livelihood through an added platform.

Dr Koroivueta says the positive support from the men and the vanua was critical if women were to realise their full potential.

President of Natauloa Women’s group Sereana Matanisiga said the sewing machines were a blessing for the group members.

She said the women would develop sewing skills and earn an income through tailoring.

Natauloa Village headman Eremasi Uluiviti acknowledged government’s continued effort to raise the profile of women in Fiji and also the presence of the REACH team.

Dr Koroivueta also said gender based violence was one of the main challenges faced by women in every community in accessing services and economic opportunities.

He encouraged all families to support women, girls and children within their homes foremost in encouraging strong, independent, resourceful and progressive citizens who can influence greater positive changes for themselves and those around them.

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