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A display of images highlighting the recipients of the US Secretary of State International Women’s Award was held in Honiara, Saturday.
The exhibition, held at the King Solomon Hotel, was organised as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women Campaign, which started last Tuesday.
SEIF PLES Gender-based Violence Crisis and Referral Centre at Rove organised the exhibition to mark International Women Human Rights Defenders Day (IWHRD).
The display includes the screening of a short film about an artist women produced by local production company Sukwadi Media.
Manager of SEIF PLES Kim Abbey said the exhibition also covered the art work done by some local women.
US Consular Agent in Solomon Islands, Keithie Saunders spoke at the event, commending the former recipients of the US Secretary of State award.
She also requested past recipients of the award to nominate new nominees for this year.
“These women were champions!”
RAMSI Special Coordinator, Justine Braithwaite was another speaker.
“Women Human Rights Defenders, in particular, make a vital contribution to protecting, promoting and realising civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights here in communities throughout Solomon Islands,” Braithwaite said.
“We should herald those women who stand up for vital human rights here in Solomon Islands.
“Many have done groundbreaking work for the good of all. They come across all kinds of challenges in trying to advocate for the rights of others.
“As women work on these important issues, they often have to challenge social conventions and deeply entrenched beliefs, risking their own alienation from colleagues and even family and friends”.
Royal Solomon Islands Police Force female superintendent and Chief of staff at the Commissioner’s office Anika Nausi speaks of her challenges faced within the force.
“It was too challenging, but we women can make it,” Nausi said.
The 16 days of activism against violence against women runs from 25th November to 10th December.