600 Expected For Fiji National Women’s Expo

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Popular venue to showcase handicrafts, acquire skills

By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Oct. 6, 2015) – Six hundred individuals will this year exhibit their best handicraft work at the National Women's Expo.

The women were rated the best from the divisional exhibition shows that started in May and were selected by judges from the Fiji Arts council, Health Ministry and the Industry, Tourism and Trade ministry.

"The Expo will not only provide the women with the opportunity to sell their products, network with potential buyers, but to acquire skills that will build their self-confidence and knowledge to become successful entrepreneurs," Mrs Akbar said.

She added the women would also be connected to potential markets as the expo theme this year is on "Connecting Women to the Markets, Make it happen".

"Major highlight of the expo is that we will also commemorate the International Rural Women's Day on 15th October and in doing so the Ministry has put together a Rural Women's fashion show.

"The women will also be rewarded with attractive prizes."

She said the new opportunities for women would also be unveiled on the closing of the expo on the 16th. The 600 women who were selected were chosen after they showed they had the potential to qualify for the Fijian Made emblem, Mrs Akbar said.

Yesterday, Mrs Akbar thanked businesses that have taken keen interest to support the ministry in assisting rural women.

The expo will be held at the Vodafone Arena in Suva with the ministry to fully sponsor the 600 women.

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