Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG) in partnership with the United Nations Women Fund for Gender Equality (UN Women FGE) is implementing a project titled ‘Economic Empowerment of ‘Nofotane’ Women in Rural Samoa. The project started in July 2016 and addresses gender equality issues faced by women, with specific focus on nofotane women.
At this stage of the project, a multi-media campaign and public forums aim at raising community awareness on the economic empowerment of nofotane women. Close to 800 SVSG village representatives who have been trained in 166 villages in Upolu and Savaii, will front up the campaign as they are now the advocates for the economic empowerment of nofotane women in village communities.
Through the multi-media campaign, you, the general public will be sensitized on the Nofotane Project, gauging support for the livelihood component of the project where nofotane women will be trained on livelihood skills, enabling them to earn an income and become self-employed.
Road side signboards, posters and brochures promoting the economic empowerment of nofotane women have been visible nation-wide. Village leaders will speak out in support of the nofotane project through these awareness materials and on the media. Radio and television programs will be run throughout the multi-media campaign. The social media through SVSG’s website and facebook page will inform international supporters on the economic empowerment of nofotane women.
The 2 public forums scheduled for Upolu on 14 June and Savaii on 16 June, will give you the opportunity to be more aware as to why SVSG and UN Women FGE are partnering to empower nofotane women, and the benefits of women self-employment and participation in domestic and community matters.
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. This is because the capacity of women to bring about economic change for themselves, families and communities, is one of the most important contributing factors to achieving gender equality.
As a nation, Samoa Victim Support Group is calling on each and every one of us to recognize the important contribution of our mothers in our families and our communities by supporting their economic empowerment. The Nofotane Project is for Gender Equality.
For more information, please contact:
Siliniu Lina Chang, President
Samoa Victim Support Group
Suisala Mele Maualaivao, CPC
UN Women: The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was created at the July 2010 United Nations General Assembly in order to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. The Fiji Multi-Country Office is based in Suva and covers 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs).
For more information about UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality: http://www.unwomen.org/en/trust-funds/fund-for-gender-equality