MINISTER CHALLENGES WOMEN TO BE AGENTS OF CHANGE

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Women at the Nakasi Hart were congratulated by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Rosy Sofia Akbar for completing the Fiji Girl Guides Empowerment Workshop.

Minister Akbar while closing the empowerment workshop on Thursday, October 2, reiterated government?s efforts in empowering women to become agents of change in their communities.

?I believe women are agents of change and within such a politically enabling environment, together we have a real opportunity to build a generation of women who will take pride in tilling the land and working with our abundant natural resources.

She challenged the women present at today?s event to take the skills learnt from the three-week training to greater heights for their families and nation as a whole.

?Imagine with your skills and your hard work and your determination, what greater heights you can push your families to?, the Minister told participants at guests.

Today?s event saw her pledge the ministry?s continued partnership support to the Fiji Girl Guides Association.

The Fiji Girl Guides Association (FGGA) president, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate expressed her appreciation to the ministry for funding the empowerment workshop where the women were able to learn tailoring skills using the sewing machines that were donated by the ministry.

?We are grateful for the continued support and the FGGA is proud that we can reach out to the community and be part of governments? plan to help the needy and the marginalised and also the young girls to come in for trainings that we can offer.

Ms. Susana Espaar, a widow and participant at this income generating project workshop thanked both the Fijian Government and the Fiji Girl Guides Association for organizing the event.

?I am thankful for the chance to perfect my tailoring skills and being the soul bread winner and providing for my children?s daily needs, I am now rest assured that there is another avenue for me to earn a living.

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