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BY JOY OFASIA AS the Solomon Islands celebrated the 2020 International Women's Day, on Monday, March 9, this year the theme is ‘We Are Generation Equality, Access to Equal Rights.' In her keynote speech to mark the 2020 Women’s International Day, Honourable for East Makira Constituency, Lilly Maefai said this year’s...
BY JOY OFASIA MAJORITY of women vendors at the Honiara Central Market have undergone an unpleasant, unhealthy and unsafe feeling during the night. Stable accommodation is essential to addressing these problems. Without secure accommodation, how can vulnerable women market vendors in the Honiara Central Market begin to feel safe at night? Naomi Amos,...
THIS week marks the beginning of the international 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaign. Violence against women and girls is a gross violation of human rights. Women and girls all around the world are experiencing physical, sexual, emotional and economic abuse, often at the hands of their...
I scored a flying first recently: an all-woman flight crew piloted the commercial passenger flight I was on. It would have been a thrill in any country and on any airline to see such wholesale change to the usual male-dominated line-up but I was in the Solomon Islands where women's...
Ministry of Health and Medical Services now has a new Permanent Secretary- Pauline Boseto McNeil. With the new addition to the number of female Permanent Secretaries in the country, this now brings the total number to four women. Women from all backgrounds across the country and especially women in the health...
BY JOY OFASIA IT has always been Hilda Surimae’s passion to be in the field of beauty and fashion. Hilda, 33, from Malaita province has been working for seven years in the beauty and fashion sector and has a strong belief in the empowering effect of beauty in the lives of...
BY JOY OFASIA “BEING able to do what you have been dreaming to do since you were a child is like a dream come true.” These are the words of Angie Basil, a young woman from the Makira province. “I completed high school and did not manage to go on further studies...
BY JOY OFASIA Rita Suiga, from Malaita province, has had a very tough journey in life as a young mother. Rita, 21, has been struggling to raise her two children after marrying at 18, during her fourth year at high school in 2015. “The journey that I went through all these years...
MOTHERHOOD can be the most beautiful experience any women can have but it can also be the hardest when she has no one to share the responsibility of parenthood. Maevalyn Kokoa, 60, has shouldered the load usually carried by two people for more than 30 years. Back in 1982, Maevalyn’s husband...
BREASTFEEDING is one the most natural and beneficial acts a mother can do for child. Mothers are encouraged to breast feed their children because breast milk is the only natural complete and complement nutrition for new born babies, advises the Ministry Of Medical and Health Services. It urges mothers to consider...