Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon. Rosy Akbar with permanent secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta at the Bua Women’s Craft Show at Naulumatua grounds in Nabouwalu today..Photo:SUPPLIED.
The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar has encouraged women to realise their full potential.
Minister Akbar made these comments as she officially opened the Bua Women’s Craft Show at Naulumatua grounds in Nabouwalu today.
Addressing women at the craft show during her first official visit to Bua, Minister Akbar said winners from the divisional craft shows will take part in the National Women’s Expo in October.
This is the eighth craft show organized by the Ministry of Women with 51 women’s group in Bua in participation.
“We believe if we empower one woman, she will be an agent of change in the society. These women have skills and challenges as they are agents of change within their homes and communities,” Minister Akbar said.
Minister Akbar said there is a need for all women to work together and move forward positively in order to raise each other’s self-esteem and confidence.
“Bua province is no different from other provinces; all women have talents and skills that need to be shown.”
Minister Akbar said they understood the need for more markets to open up in Bua and she urged women to take part in such expos and showcase their talents and skills.
“We want to open up new markets to get better values for your hardwork and be product focussed,” Ms Akbar said.
She said this year the Ministry was focusing on quality products and they have been working with various ministries to make women’s crafts more marketable.
“We want to make the products marketable with higher price due to quality. We want originality, creativity and something new,” Minister Akbar said.
Minister Akbar added that the Ministry of Women, in partnership with the Fiji Arts Council, has been organizing such expos as a build up to the National Women’s Expo 2015 scheduled from the 14th to 16th October at Suva’s Vodafone Arena.