Government remains committed to bringing every Fijian into the fold of development and to not leave any Fijian behind.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa while addressing 32 women from Solevu, Yanuya, Tiliva and Yaro villages who received their certificates following a 5 day sewing machine, floral arrangement and fabric art training.
Vuniwaqa also handed over 2 sewing machines each to the Solevu and Yaro Women’s groups. 

The Women Minister said that achievements of the sewing machine program and fabric art training have been witnessed in the past four Fiji Rural Fashion Designer Awards during the National Womens  Expo.
She also said that through the sewing machine program rural women’s interest in sewing has been elevated to a new level. This has also attracted the attention of Fiji’s Fashion Industry.
“These sewing machines will provide a gateway to providing employment opportunities and income generation for the two women’s group by helping them to diversify their products for sale to tourists who visit their villages. 

“The empowerment through access to education and government services, through domestic violence laws, through equal opportunities for employment in government, services and benefits is available across government.”

Mereula Sito Nawaqa a participant of this training said that she had retired from work and lived in the village for the past few years.
“This this training is an eye opener because we have learnt to use the raw materials around us to do screen printing, tie-dye and floral arrangement which can all be a source of income to the women’s group.


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