18 Nov 2016

Safer markets in Nadi a positive change for women

8:14 pm on 18 November 2016
The heavy rain has played havoc at markets in the western Fiji town of Nadi.

The markets in Nadi are one of the areas focussed on in the project. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

A spokesperson for UN Women says its project has made life safer for rural women going to town markets in Fiji.

Stakeholders from Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu were in Nadi this week to discuss ways to improve conditions for women involved in produce markets in the three countries.

Candidates gathered to share knowledge and best practice that can benefit market vendors, around 90 percent of whom are women.

The programme's project manager in Fiji, Anna Parini, said improvements in Nadi include the construction of a safe place for rural women to stay overnight.

Ms Parini said that some vendors come to the market for three or four days.

"While in the past they used to sleep in the street around the market or under the table of the market to be close to their produce and not lose their spot," she said.