BY JOHN CHRISMA
IF there was any question about the interest of rural women to register their interest and affiliation to the newly launched North West Guadalcanal Development Association at Pisei village in the Aruligho Community, the Chairman of the Association, Simon Chottu has the answer to it.
Hundreds of rural women and girls have registered their membership status under the Association yesterday during an organised event at Pisei Village in the North West Guadalcanal Constituency.
“Women and young girls mainly from the respective rural villages of Boneghe, Vura, Tamboko, Tarou, and Ghorabau registered their membership to the Association,” said Simon. “It was very encouraging to witness a higher turnout of registration among women compared to men (a very low turnout), the overall number of the Association’s members was 1221 and 60% of the total were women and girls.”
The Association chairman said the Association’s Committee are delighted to witness such an overwhelming registration turnout of women especially in traditionally male-dominated society.
Meanwhile, the majority of the women are rural farmers specializing in producing and marketing agricultural crops.
He said the Association are negotiating with owners of the local retailing businesses in Honiara on newly innovative strategies to assist the women in marketing their produce to local customers in Honiara.
“I have recently been working on finding solutions or easy and innovative ways to support our rural women representing the garden sector, for example, I have spoken with owners of Sullivans, Bulk Shop and other restaurants to provide opportunities for the women farmers to directly deliver (market) their produces to their existing businesses in exchange of cash rather than marketing their produces at the Honiara Central Market,” the Chairman expressed.