The Fijian Government has shown its commitment to women’s development by becoming signatories to CEDAW in 1995, and several other international and regional treaties; and over the past decade raising the budgetary allocation to the National Women’s Machinery by approximately 300%, allowing more and quality policies and programs for women’s empowerment.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Women, Mereseini Vuniwaqa at the graduation for over 100 women who had completed their training under the Ba Women’s Forum Outreach Training program yesterday.

“This has enabled my Ministry to successfully support institutions that help our women grow in terms of economic participation,” Minister Vuniwaqa said.

“I say with great conviction, NGOs are a backbone to support the poor of the society, especially, women and marginalised people. My Ministry works closely with many NGOs, especially those directly working with children, persons living with disabilities, older persons and women.

”The Ba Women’s Forum Training Centre provides training in Computer Studies; Arts and Craft promoting recycling, shell crafting, flower arrangement and product making (Folder and Compendium, Iri, and decorative accessories); Sewing at the Basic, Advanced and Production levels; and Food preparation (cooking, baking, preserves).

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