BY JOY OFASIA
WESTERN province female youth representative has confirmed her utmost satisfaction after attending a two-days Youth Caucus Induction workshop in Honiara.
Olive from Roviana and Velalavella in Western province hoped that from her participation in the workshop, it would have a positive impact when she returns back to her province.
“I am very happy to represent my province and to be the voice of the youths in communities from Vella La Vella and Roviana. I strongly believe that after the workshop am confident to help other under privileged youths in our communities in Western province.
“It is a great opportunity for me to be a member in the Western province youth caucus,” she added.
The aim of the induction workshop is to learn about the roles of the youth caucus and to establish priorities to address with provincial leaders.
Nine youth leaders represented Western Province, and eight represented Malaita province.
The Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA) in collaboration with the United Nations Peace building Fund (UNPBF) project helped form the youth caucuses in Western Province and Malaita in 2018.
The idea is to create a participatory space for youth and increase their representation on provincial affairs. This is because Solomon Islands have a large number of youth populations, but the numbers of youth’s involvement in our societies are limited.
Olive said that the youth caucus has been a very good idea, which was formed by the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs with the United Nations Peace Building Fund to help create a participatory space for youth and increase their representation in provincial affairs.
Olive said there are many social and economic problems those youths in Western province face on the daily basis.
“I can say that there are issues faced by youths especially teenage pregnancy.
“As a youth caucus I have to fight hard to address such issues in my province, I have to bring this issues up to the provincial government and let them know that something needs to be done,” she said.
The Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs MWYCFA and the United Peace Building Fund UNPBF facilitated the induction workshop.