UN Women vows support to electoral office

THE UN Women says it is looking forward to implement their new project on women’s political participation in close partnership with the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission office. Gaylyn Puairana of UN Women office in Honiara made the remarks yesterday at the launching of projects to support the electoral registration process. Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT)…

Stars of the future to shine brighter

Islands Business: Young people, particularly children, young women and people living with disabilities, have traditionally been marginalised in development processes and hurt by systemic and structural discrimination and inaction. This, according to Rebecca Solomon, needs to change. Solomon, a young woman from Vanuatu, is an active member of the Vanuatu National Youth Council, the Pacific…

Temotu to build craft market for its women

TEMOTU Province is planning to build a women’s centre or craft market to help its women sell their products and earn an income. The province’s Chief Planning Officer Bruno Forau said this during a visit by the media team to project sites funded by Provincial Governance Strengthening Program (PGSP) last month. “We are planning to…

Women engaged in road work

THE Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) is currently rehabilitating the existing St Martin feeder road, Central Guadalcanal over a distance of 8.5 km. Capital Construction is the contractor engaged by the Ministry to undertake the rehabilitation works. The contractor employed 11 local workers of which five are women and six men, including two Works Supervisors…

Women advance in distant islands

Reuters: WOMEN’S political representation in the Pacific Islands region is globally the lowest at 3.65 percent, compared to the world average of 18 percent. Leadership is still widely perceived as ‘men’s business’ and voting is heavily influenced by nepotism and money politics. However, Rhoda Sikilabu, minister for community affairs in Isabel Province in the Solomon…

We all benefit when women’s rights are upheld

Visiting the Family Violence Support Centre at the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands in Honiara provided a clear reminder that gender empowerment and gender equality are priorities of Australia’s foreign policy. This is evident in the programs funded by successive Australian governments and their commitment to the role of the ambassador for women and…

Violence against women real here

The 16 days activism of all forms violence against women, which fell on 26th November (White Ribbon Day) to 11th December this year, once again reminded us of how serious the problem is in our communities. According to the United Nation Special report March 2012, Solomon Islands is among some of the countries in the…

Women conclude leadership seminar

FROM 2 December to 6 December 2013 Vois Blong Mere Solomons, Women in Shared Decision Making Coalition (WISDM), and UN WOMEN Solomon Islands hosted the Transformational Leadership and Empowerment Workshop. The workshop has been noted as a very significant event, especially for those running in the upcoming election, to consider the way we look at…