MEMBERS of the Pacific Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) ended their regional leadership and skills building training workshop in Honiara last Friday.
Solomon Islands hosted the week-long training, which attracted delegates from Papua New Guinea and Samoa.
The training waspart of the World YWCA movement’s initiative to reflect on the work it has been conducting in the past for women of the world, including Pacific women.
Director of Solomon Island Young women’s Christian Association Georgina Ariki the leadership training was fruitful for all participants.
“Our vision is to empower women of all ages to be part of the growing the leadership movement,” she said.
Mrs Ariki said the training was organised to equip women to make better decisions, becoming mentors, and to join the growing women leadership movement.
“We have affirmed our commitment to share inter-generational leadership as a vital way to achieve bold and transformative leadership in our communities,” Mrs Ariki said.
“We recall that the purpose of the World Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) is to develop the leadership and collective power of women and girls around the world to achieve justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and sustainable environment for all people”
YWCA is an organisation with a long history, and worked across generations with focus on serving and building the leadership of young women.
Mrs Ariki said Pacific Island states wish to celebrate their successes and legacy of advancing the women’s movement in the region.
“During the the training we envision a future where gender equality is a norm and all women enjoy their human right.”
Samoa will host the next meeting.
One of the Samoan participants, Taiti Tusiana, said they’ve learned a lot during the meeting this week.
She said the lessons learn will be taken home and shared with their communities.
Ms Tusiana added they look forward to welcoming delegates from the Pacific in next year’s meeting in Apia.
By ALFRED PAGEPITU