Tuesday, March 19, 2013

women in Labasa

from w
Though the women of Suva were not allowed to have their march a week ago, the women in Labasa are allowed to. Why the difference?  And they did it again, this time in honour of a guest, Dr Jiko, from the government. Yes, the women are speaking up these days against violence and gender issues. Of course Macuata has always had many strong women.  Story from Fiji Times.

Women march, again

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Update: 9:56AM WOMEN of Macuata marched through Labasa Town this morning to celebrate International Women's Day - for the second time.
Led by popular school band of Nabala Secondary School and accompanied by Minister for Women Doctor Jiko Luveni, more than 300 women marched through town and danced and cheered to the tune of the band.
Most of these women celebrated International Women's Day on March 8 but decided to repeat celebrations in a bigger way because of a visit by Dr Luveni.
The civic centre building is also packed with women displaying and selling their handicraft items at stalls provided.
Celebrations will be held throughout the day.
And also Dr Jiko brings gifts to the women of Macuata.  Story from Fiji Village.
100 women given sewing machines
Publish date/time: 20/03/2013 [15:06]
A 56 year old woman of Macuata is looking forward to lifting her standard of living by earning some money for her family.

Samanunu Katonivere of Naduri Macuata is amongst the 100 women groups who were given around 230 sewing machines by the Social Welfare, Women and Poverty alleviation Ministry today.

Katonivere said she is looking forward to making money by selling the clothes that she will sew.

She said similarly many women in her area survived by selling coconut baskets and handicrafts for a long time but it was not enough for survival.

However, she said things will change now.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Women, Dr Jiko Luveni will be touring Savusavu tomorrow and meet up with women’s group there.

Story by:
 Khusboo Singh

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