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Inclusive consultations are essential for effective governance of customary land in Solomon Islands

Friday, February 19, 2021

[Press release]   Photo courtesy of UNDP Solomon Islands/ Andrew Tahisi.   Photo courtesy of UNDP Solomon Islands/ Andrew Tahisi. Solomon Islands, February 2021 – More than 100 landholding groups’ representatives including 60 women leaders from three provinces – Guadalcanal, Malaita and Western Provinces will participate in a series of consultation and awareness programs to learn how to make customary land available and accessible for the future...

In the words of Vaela Ngai: “Recognising, promoting and respecting women and their rights is not a foreign concept; it is part and parcel of most of our customary laws.”

Saturday, February 13, 2021

This is a series of articles from the Inclusive Governance of Natural Resources (IGNR) project in Solomon Islands, the heroines of which are local leaders who participated in the Traditional Governance and Facilitation Bill consultations organized by the IGNR project this year.

In the words of Nanette Panda: “Women’s voices must be heard and respected because women should have a right to speak to an issue that directly affects them.”

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

My story begins with my tribe. I was chosen to represent my people on some legal issues with regards to land at the Chiefs hearing at the tribal level in local courts and the High Court. Over time, I realized I want to know more so I could contribute more and represent my tribe and my people everywhere.

In the words of Riko Nagu: “In order to build an inclusive society and a resilient community both women and men should work together.”

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Riko Nagu is a women’s and girls’ rights activist, member of the United Church Women’s Fellowship group. I have been living, working and staying with rural women and girls from my community for my entire life. Only with time, when I became older and started working as a teacher, I began to see injustice and inequality. I’ve started recognizing cultural approaches which are harmful and, at the same time, prevent

Across the Pacific, crisis centres respond to COVID-19 amid natural disasters

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Gender-based violence crisis centres from six countries in the Pacific have faced not only the COVID-19 crisis, but also in some countries, the dual impact of a tropical cyclone. UN Women’s Ending Violence Against Women and Girls programme works in close collaboration with government, civil society organisations, communities and other partners to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and girls, and increase access to quality response services for survivors, especially during emergencies.

Family Support Centre and UN Women Strengthen Relationship to Increase Support Services to Victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

[Press release] The Solomon Islands’ Family Support Centre (FSC) and UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) today launched a new project that increases support services to victims of sexual and gender-based violence. The new ‘Increasing Counseling Outreach for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence’ project ensures women and girl survivors of violence have better access to counseling and case management services in the provinces of Guadalcanal, Isabel and Temotu.

National support for better counselling and support for domestic violence victims

Friday, September 6, 2019

Victims of domestic violence and other sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) require specially trained counsellors and support services to recover from the violence.

Nine Provinces Interested in Improving Services for Women Victims of Domestic Violence

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Solomon Islands’ services are prioritising the rights and wellbeing of women and girl victims of sexual and gender-based violence, including domestic violence.

Celebrating Partnerships for Gender Equality in the Marketplace

Friday, August 23, 2019

Good news for market vendors and market goers in Gizo, Western Province, Solomon Islands: Today, the Australian Government is celebrating the grand official opening of the Gizo Market with the Western Provincial Government and the Gizo Market Vendors Association (GMVA).

Improving support for women and girl survivors of sexual and gender-based violence

Monday, July 29, 2019

Support for women and girl survivors of sexual and gender-based violence continues to improve as SAFENET Referral Network (SAFENET member numbers continue to increase.

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