More than 300 artisans are expected to be part of the National Womens Expo next month.

This year the expo will be held at the FMF National Gymnasium from June 21-23, 2018 with more than 300 artisans and craftswomen expected to provide a wide selection of items including bric-a-brac, fruit preserves, mats and tapas at a reasonable price.

According to the Ministry of Women, the expo has given a boost to women’s economic empowerment as it helps them realise the monetary value of their labour.

With the 4th Fiji National Women’s Expo around the corner, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa said providing such platforms to women helps them in their economic empowerment but ultimately it is much more than just about the money.

She highlighted how in the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Report under the Gender Inequality Index (GII) Fiji still has some work to do in terms of bridging the gap because on a scale of zero to one, it still sits on zero point four.

Vuniwaqa said the expo had grown from “strength to strength” since its inception in 2014 due to the massive support from customers who have turned up in numbers over the years which resulted in close to $500,000 being collected in sales last year.

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