New center to provide women’s opportunities
The new Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre which has opened its doors today will provide skills training and economic empowerment opportunities for women from all walks of life. In May this year, the Ministry of Women had signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Fiji Muslim Women’s League to support the project by committing $100,000 […]
September 16, 2015 10:13 pm
The new Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre which has opened its doors today will provide skills training and economic empowerment opportunities for women from all walks of life.
In May this year, the Ministry of Women had signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Fiji Muslim Women’s League to support the project by committing $100,000 funding and $17,000 worth of industrial sewing machines.
At the official opening, Minister Akbar outlined the Centre’s role in generating new opportunities for women.
“This Centre which is one of its kind in Fiji, will equip the trainees with information, values and skills so that they can become women entrepreneurs in their own right. To that effect, women can generate an income for them and their families. On a bigger scale they will start impacting the informal sector to contribute towards national economy.
“It will be a power force in building self-confidence of women to aspire them in becoming the agents of change in their homes and communities. The Centre will be open to women from all ages, background and ethnicity and in fact it will be a great tool to promote an environment of multiculturalism. The Fijian Government salutes the untiring efforts of the Fiji Muslim League in providing a facility that will benefit Fijian Women irrespective of their faiths or socio cultural identity.
“Trainees will include women with disabilities, ensuring inclusiveness at its very best. There is great potential in this Centre to expand its course structure to other parts of Fiji. In doing so, women who are beneficiaries of the social welfare system will also be skilled at this Centre so that they can venture into sustainable livelihood programs,” Minister Akbar elaborated.
President of the Fiji Muslim League, Haji Hafizud Dean Khan, acknowledged the Fijian Government for its timely assistance in making this project a reality.
“The Centre will provide opportunities for women to develop skills into areas of catering, sewing, computing to name a few. A training of the trainers program has already begun and we have local trainers and that from Malaysia as well. This facility is available to women of all faiths and it will enable them to acquire the skills and ability to earn a respected life.
“We also have accommodation facilities for women who will be coming from outside Suva. It can accommodate 20 to 25 women, who can stay at the Centre, get trained for a certain period of time and then start their businesses. We also have plans to provide training opportunities for regional women as well. We thank the Government of Fiji for its commitment to see that this project is successfully completed and creates a positive impact in the lives of women regardless of their background or culture,” Mr Khan said.
This centre has been initiated through a significant contribution from the Islam Development Bank, a partnership which allowed the Fiji Muslim League to pursue this project.
Source: Fijian Government
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