Forum focuses on women’s economic empowerment

Australia's deputy high Commissioner to Fiji Anne Dorney (left ) with Dr Vijaya Nagarajan of Macquarie University in Sydney , Australia during the Pacific Women Regional Learning Forum on Women's Economic Empowerment at the University of the South Pacific in Suva. Picture: ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA

AN educated woman can shape a nation by producing better educated and healthy children.

This is an issue highlighted by the Australia’s Deputy Commissioner to Fiji, Anne Dorney.

She was chief guest at the opening of the Pacific women regional learning forum on women’s economic empowerment at the University of the South Pacific in Suva this morning.

The three days forum funded by Australian Aid is attended by close to 500 women from across the region from rural and urban settings.

The forum would focus on women from both urban and rural settings, operating in both the formal and informal economies.

It was funded by Australia Aid in collaboration with Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development.

Ms Dorney said her government is proud to support women across the women to realise their potential in economic empowerment.

“Women who are better educated have healthier and better educated women which reduces dependency burdens and increases savings,” she said.

“Gender equality and economic development are mutually reinforcing. This relationships runs into two aspects, economic empowerment for women contributes to growth and stability.

The forum ends on Friday.

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