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Fiji : Chinese delegation impressed with the national sewing centre.

The work of the women at the National Sewing Centre in Toorak was commended by the members of the All China Women s Federation (ACWF) delegation who visited the centre last week.

The Vice-president for ACWF Madam Zhao Donghua, said she was overwhelmed to see the creativity and tailoring skills of 26 women who are currently trained at the centre.

In the past 2 years the All China Women s Federation has donated 1700 sewing machines to the Ministry of Women and after visiting this Sewing Centre I clearly see how our sisters in Fiji are truly benefiting from the assistance. I am impressed to see single mothers acquire the professional tailoring skills to find employment through this centre.

In the future the ACWF is to continue this partnership with our Fiji sisters and counterparts.

The ACWF will strengthen collaboration as such as it not only economically benefits women it provides them with the opportunity to walk from welfare to workfare. Being financially independent raises their self-confidence and helps them make better choices in life. It is indeed very encouraging to see that this Centre has been built within the proximity of the disability centre where our disabled sisters get the opportunity to work with the able bodied women, Madam Zhao said.

FNCDP executive officer Kush Prasad said the National Sewing Centre is a milestone achievement for Fiji in terms of promoting inclusivity for persons living with disabilities.

This project has made it possible particularly for the women with disabilities to undergo an inclusive program not only targeting training skills that they receive in garment manufacture, but also the awareness we are creating in inclusive society where we find that students with disabilities are working together with abled-bodied people. This is the platform they are able to work together and if they are out in the open market employment they will know how to work with the able bodied persons, Ms Prasad said.

Mrs Prasad further explained that there are currently 26 trainees, consisting of 5 women with disabilities, 10 single mothers and 11 women from rural communities.

The women are expected to graduate from the centre at the end of this month and to date the centre has trained more than 60 women who are now either employed in garment industries while others have ventured into their own tailoring businesses.

The sewing centre is administered by the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons (FNCDP) and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation.

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