THE British Council and Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA) will launch a book titled ‘voices of violence’.
The launching along with a documentary is scheduled for February 17, at SIPPA’s China Town office.
The book is authored in both English and pidgin, a collection of firsthand stories of survivors of violence and the women who have taken to the stage to raise awareness about gender violence.
February 16 marks the beginning of the stages of change media week which is also next week.
A celebration of women and the remarkable development of the EU funded stages of change women’s theatre group focused on eliminating violence against women and children.
“On the same week, the project partners will launch a documentary, shot over two years, which follows the development of the theatre group and their historic journeys within the Solomons, and to the Melanesian festival in Papua New Guinea and the Small Islands Developing States conference in Samoa,” the project media officer, Karen Abplanalp said.
The project is funded by the European Union, British Council and British High Commission Office in Honiara.
It is delivered by the British Council and SIPPA, with theatre experts from the Conch (wellington, NZ) led by Nina Nawalowalo.
Ms Abplanalp said while the project itself is due to end at the beginning of March, the partners are working with the Solomon Islands government and civil organisations to ensure sustainability of the theatre group, which is the first of its kind in the Solomon Islands.
“Women living in the Solomon Islands share their stories as survivors of violence and or participants in the ground-breaking stages of change theatre project, funded by the European Union.”
By TRIXIE CARTER