UN Women and UNDP, through the United Nations Peace Building Fund (UN PBF), are supporting the National Dialogue with Young Women and Provincial Youth Leaders next week 27 February – 1 March 2017.
The three-day event led by the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA) has invited young women from across the country to seek their valuable input to the National Youth Policy, Framework for Youth Development and the Youth Employment Strategy.
It will also provide space and opportunity for young women to contribute to discussions and policy formulation on national programmes.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has a vision for transforming global development over the next fifteen years to build a more peaceful, prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive future.
The Agenda asserts that young women and men are critical agents of change, and are central to achieving sustainable development.
Young people are able to create significant transformations that change political, economic and social foundations and drive new dynamics in the inclusion and empowerment of young women.
Mr Andre Tipoki, Director of the Youth Development Division celebrates that Solomon Islands is a youthful nation with nearly 30 percent of the population aged between 15-29 years.
In recognizing this he stressed the opportunities and limitations that youth currently experience emphasising the necessity to harmonise the implementation of policy to address issues facing our young women.
There is commitment to promoting both women and young women’s full participation in leadership and development.
Alvina Erekali, the Country Programme Co-ordinator of UN Women Solomon Islands, is very encouraged by this partnership with the government and civil society for this summit.
It will be an opportunity for young women’s representatives and policy makers from all provinces to provide real input and for the government to explain their priorities.
UN Women is committed to supporting young women in the Pacific to actively engage in decision making, promoting participation and gender equality.
The workshop aims to complete development of a new 3-tier policy framework for youth development in Solomon Islands that succeeds the 2010 – 2015 national Youth Policy and provide recommendations on increasing young women participation in Solomon Islands.
UN Women and UNDP actively support continuing inclusive spaces for women’s dialogue in building long term peace, justice and security.