As the 2-year Gender Equality project in which SVSG and the UN Women FGE have been working on since 2016 winds downs to its last few days before completion, a number of set outcomes have been achieved.
One of these outcomes is the increased knowledge of village leaders to speak positively about the economic potential of all women in the village with deliberate inclusion of nofotane women.
At the Women’s Committee fale at Samatau, a record number of close to 140 women gathered for the 35th livelihood training session. The record attendance attest to increased knowledge of the village leaders from the Falelatai & Samatau constituency, to advocate for women to be economically inclusive as per the Nofotane Program.
It was obvious how the village leaders from Matautu Falelatai, Pata Falelatai, Siufaga Falelatai and Samatau gathered at the Women’s Committee fale to cheer the women on, as they have been trained.
Some of the village leaders attended the livelihood session and saw for themselves how the commercial cooking, the fabric printing, the handicrafts and the flower arrangements were done in such a way so that it will enable the generation of income.
Thank you so much to the high chiefs and the village leaders of the Falelatai & Samatau constituency for your commitment to see this project through successfully. Faafetai Manoo Tautai, the SVSG village representative for Samatau for coordinating such a well-attended training.
Most notable also was the unique talents of some of the nofotane women, such as Uaine Taumaloto of Pata Falelatai, who is now using her weaving talent to earn her family close to $500 a week on selling the fala masi or the designed mat and Fetinai Teleiai of Samatau who is now the breadwinner in her family from her ula lopa and woven baskets.
So come the 19th and the 20th of July in front of the Government building, the nofotane women from Matautu Falelatai, Pata Falelatai, Siufaga Falelatai and Samatau will showcase some of their products during the Nofotane Market Days to celebrate the official closing of the project.
“A nofotane woman will always be a nofotane; the project is not attempting to change this cultural aspect of the FaaSamoa. The project merely aims to improve the economic empowerment of women and to increase their participation in domestic and community matters, as these are some of the most important contributing factors to achieving gender equality.” Siliniu Lina Chang, SVSG President.
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