IWD: Women reminded of right to education

Chief guest Minister for Woman Mereseini Vuniwaqa (middle) with other guests and graduates during the Makoi Vocational Centre graduation yesterday. Picture: RAMA

AS we mark International Women’s Day today, women have been reminded that they have the right to education irrespective of their race or status in society.

Highlighting this, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa said the economic empowerment of women could elevate poverty in Fiji.

Mrs Vuniwaqa officiated at the graduation ceremony of 50 women at the Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre in Nasinu yesterday after completing an eight-month course in various fields.

She said Government was committed to women empowerment and giving women the opportunities to grow within their societies.

“This event also brings us closer to our aim to promote women empowerment in Fiji.

“Women from underprivileged societies should be given the opportunities to be educated and become independent economically; this is what this institute is doing.

“When a woman earns, it benefits the whole family and they invest in the family,” she said.

In a statement yesterday, SODELPA member of Parliament Ro Teimumu Kepa said the purpose of celebrating this day was to encourage societies to ensure that more and more women take up roles and positions in areas normally dominated by men.

“I pay a special tribute to all those women in villages and settlements who handle myriad tasks every day.”

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