THE Ministry of Women Youth, Children and Family Affairs has taken a multi sectoral approach to implement the women, peace and security national action plan.
This was reaffirmed yesterday byFreda Tuki, Minister for Women Youth, Children and Family Affairs.
One of the policies is the Temporary Special Measures (TSM).
She said they are working on policies to inform the directions and priorities for implementation of needs that are raised by women in three different provinces of Malaita, Guadalcanal and Western provinces.
“One of the policies is the Temporary Special Measures (TSM) where we have seen that the Western Province Government has taken the initiative to explore options to ensure women’s voices and representation at provincial assembly is being realised despite the barriers and challenges women faced,” Ms Tuki stated.
“Our work with the Attorney General Office and the Women’s Right Action movement will explore legislation reform, and promote the engagement of provincial women to have the agency to draft a submission for the inclusion of TSM in the review of the Provincial Government Act.”
Ms Tuki said in the next few months their focus on provincial support for women’s platform will see women having the space with their provincial leaders in order for them to have dialogues on issues affecting women such as land issues, peace building, decentralisation and women’s policy implementation.
Ms Tuki said last week the Prime Minster has launched the ‘Consolidating Peace, Stability and Social Cohesion in the Solomon Islands Post RAMSI 2018’ where the Prime Minster witnessed the signing on a Memorandum of Understanding by the Ministry.
“Together we will work in collaboration, with the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace and UN agencies to affirm commitment to towards peace building initiatives.
“And under this peace building fund administered by the UNDP and UN, women can demonstrate the on the theme, Press for progress’ towards peace in the country.
She said much hard work has gone into this peace policy development and implementation.
“My portfolio needs the support of the ministries, of all private companies, commercial organisations from development partners and civil societies,” she said.
By LYNNISSHA RUNA