Women empowered for International women’s day

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Sapapalii Savaii women economically empowered on commercial cooking during S.V.S.G.’s livelihood training program.

Sapapalii Savaii women economically empowered on commercial cooking during S.V.S.G.’s livelihood training program.

The Samoa Victim Support Group celebrated International Women’s Day by honoring the ‘Empowered Women’ the Champions of Family Violence in Samoa.

As part of a two-year project with U.N. Women Fund for Gender Equality (F.G.E), S.V.S.G. through its village representatives is working with village and church leaders, to gauge support for the economic empowerment of women, with specific focus on Nofotane Women.

The Project targets 5,000 unemployed women to be trained on income generating skills with the aim to ensure sustainable self-employment for 500 of these women.

An empowered woman from Sili Savaii, selling pork buns to support her family.  She attended livelihood training with S.V.S.G. on commercial cooking.
An empowered woman from Sili Savaii, selling pork buns to support her family. She attended livelihood training with S.V.S.G. on commercial cooking.
Economic Empowerment: Women in the village.
Economic Empowerment: Women in the village.

Through previous projects, S.V.S.G. had empowered women survivors of violence with disabilities in Upolu and Savaii, with livelihood skills now enabling them to be self-sufficient, through income earned from their small business activities.

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day 2017, S.V.S.G. President Siliniu Lina Chang congratulates all the women of Samoa, especially women survivors of violence and women at risk, who have been economically empowered through its programme.

 “Thank you to U.N. Women F.G.E. for financially supporting S.V.S.G’s work to empower the women of Samoa through skills development.  They are the Champions among us, and are congratulated for their bravery.”

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