Women Trained to Update Climate Issues

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Stella Waioha using her mobile phone during the training.

BY JOY OFASIA

LOCAL Members of Women Weather Watch have recently undergone training on how to provide real-time situation updates on the impact of a disaster and climate change issues using a mobile phone and other communication technologies.

The RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia facilitated the 2-days training workshop in Honiara with the aim to look at the climate change issues in the Solomon Islands and what can be done to help and how can people adapt to climate change and solutions.

The workshop-training project is under the ‘Climate Resilient Honiara’ – an initiative under the femLINKpacific’s inter-operable communication platform developed initially for Women’s Weather Watch groups in the Pacific.

The workshop representative and women news advocator of Vois Blong Mere Solomon Islands, Stella Waioha said the training is an extra bonus to her media and communication career.

“We were trained on how to produce small videos on mobile phones that can be put up on social media platforms like Facebook especially to pass positive messages on the impacts of natural disasters and climate change issues in the country.

“We were also taught how to create and edit short videos and films,” she explained.

She said as a local journalist, working for a non-government organization supporting and advocating women’s voices, it was a great privilege to gain very important knowledge to broaden her skills in her career.

“As a news reporter and women’s advocator, to pass out messages about peace and safety to women, children and people with disability in our communities I see how effective it will be passing out messages this way.”

She said that passing positive messages through videos, women would understand more clearly what to do during the time of disaster than listening to radio awareness.

“It is true that not all women in the Solomon Islands access social media to receive messages like this, so it is our responsibility to use media platforms to carry out video messages down to rural areas in order to pass positive important messages.”

The Climate Resilient Honiara project is funded by the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund and administered by UN-Habitat. RMIT University is providing scientific support.