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Women form the Rennell and Belona provinces are very proud of their traditional weaving and that they are keeping their beautiful culture alive. Rose Teahi, from the small island of Rennell, is among the many women who sell their woven baskets at the Art Gallery area every day. Rose, a mother...
Sherolyn David is one of the many women struggling to earn an income using their talents at the Art Gallery area in Honiara. Sherolyn is a weaver, and also sews and prints different types of material. In 2002, Sherolyn decided to print materials such as food covers, and started making baskets...
Women in the maritime field have been a rare sight in Solomon Islands. Diana Hill Su’ulisau, from the Malaita province, is one of the few female maritime officers in the country. “In 2003, after completing my Form seven at King George National Secondary school I was drawn into the marine field...
WOMEN representing wards across Western Province highlighted key provincial women’s priorities and made recommendations on how to address them during a dialogue with Members of the Provincial Assembly (MPAs) today. The dialogue between the 16 women leaders and 26 MPAs centred on priority outcome areas of the Western Province...
The coming general election has motivated many women to stand up for change in the leadership of the Solomon Islands. Evelyn Tautai is a women leader with a passion for bringing change to her constituency in the north Guadalcanal region. “It is a very rare thing to hear women going into...
Marian Pana knows the importance of keeping culture and language alive is to teach the next generation. Marian, from Simbo Island, Western Province, was a participant in the Melanesian Arts Festival, and spoke of why language was very important in Solomon Islands’ culture and tradition. “Tradition brings us together, making us...
June T. Manakako, 33, from Bellona island, Renbel province, lives in Honiara and brings her home island’s traditional crafts to town. “The coconut basket weaving is a very special basket in my Renbel culture. It was used for carrying water and drinking from in the olden days,” she said. “It is...
THERE is only two female leaders excelled in the Solomon Islands National Parliament but there are still not enough woman voices in the country’s politics. “Despite the drive for gender equality promoted by the national government, civil society and women groups, Solomon Islands appeared to have taken little responsibility for...
PROVINCIAL women leaders from the respective provinces of Western, Malaita and Guadalcanal had previously gathered for 2-day dialogue training workshop at the Mendana Hotel in Honiara. The purpose of the dialogue training was to establish a Provincial Women Caucus (PWC) that would representatives from the three major provinces in Solomon...
WRAM believes that one of the greatest gender inequality and injustice and major abuse of women’s rights in Solomon Islands is the very low participation of women in many national, provincial and community decision-making bodies says Women’s Rights Action Movement (WRAM) Chairlady, Anika Kingmele. Women Practise Parliament is seen as...