‘Advancing the Women’s Empowerment Principles’

British High Commissioner to Fiji, Melanie Hopkins speaking at the panel discussion. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE economic empowerment of women is great for the success of a business and the nation.

These were the sentiments shared by the Minister of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa closing remark at a panel discussion in supporting ‘Advancing the Women’s Empowerment Principles’ today.

The panellists included country head for ANZ, Saud Minam, partner for KPMG, Lisa Apted, CEO for Hot Bread Kitchen, John Samisoni as well as the CEO for Party and events Fiji and Fiji weddings, Kim Beddoes.

With small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as the large co-operate owners in attendance the discussion involved on increasing women’s participation in business.

The discussion was organised by the British High Commission together with its partners, UN Women, Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

British High Commissioner to Fiji, Melanie Hopkins said the discussions were inspiring as it showed a number of companies had taken a lead in committing to women empowerment principles.

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