Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Hon. Rosy Akbar believes that equality can be achieved through empowerment.

Speaking at the International Women’s Day celebration organised by Post Fiji Limited, Minister Akbar said the main reasons for lack of empowerment could be attributed to the struggling female literacy rates, the current average standing at 42 percent.

“Despite our growing literacy rates, there is no data to suggest that educated and economically empowered women do not suffer violence and abuse,” she said.

“I strongly believe that this forum today is going to massively impact the lives of score of women who make up 49 percent of the world’s population, perform 66 percent of the work, produce 50 per cent of the food but earn only 10 percent of the income and own one percent property.”

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