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Ra Naari Parishad opens Rakiraki office with Australian support

Ra Naari Parishad, a local community organisation working to empower women and girls, yesterday opened the doors of its first ever office in Rakiraki. The new office was made possible with funding from the Australian Government. The office was completed by Australian Government  through the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Program (Pacific Women) at a […]

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August 20, 2016 7:00 am

Ra Naari Parishad, a local community organisation working to empower women and girls, yesterday opened the doors of its first ever office in Rakiraki. The new office was made possible with funding from the Australian Government.

Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar opening Ra Naari Parishad new office. (AHC)
Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar opening Ra Naari Parishad new office. (AHC)

The office was completed by Australian Government  through the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Program (Pacific Women) at a cost of $30,000.

FIERRAVANTI-WELLS: “I am proud that Australia, through its aid program, has been able to partner with organisations like Ra Naari in a way that enables you to undertake great work in communities to empower women and girls. The work of organisations like yours is essential to ensuring that the priorities of rural women and girls are valued.”

In her letter, The President of Ra Naari Parishad, Anand Pillay said Ra Naari Parishad is committed to the empowerment of women through education, training, and economic activities.

PILLAY: “Ra Naari Parishad was established in 1989 and, since then, has been working with women in the Ra community to support economic empowerment, promote leadership and encourage involvement in decision-making processes.”

“The organisation has supported a variety of projects, such as a water project in Rakiraki and helping 150 people establish a bee-keeping business, which has just produced its first yield of honey. With a proper office, we can get stuck into our mission.”

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Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar and Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. (AHC)

Minister Akbar acknowledged the Australian Government for its support.

AKBAR: “The Ministry commends the Australian Government for this tremendous support in creating new gateways to boost opportunities for women and enhance their leadership skills, advancing gender equality and national development.”

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