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In the words of Mary E Tegavota, National Recorder, Land Reform Unit, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey, “Only through women’s and girls’ empowerment can we evolve and promote women’s land rights.”
Women’s empowerment and gender equality are defined as a key priority of the Solomon Islands Government. Ministers in all sectors share the responsibility for ensuring and achieving equal rights with men, especially in the lands sector.
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.”
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 Riko Nagu: “In order to build an inclusive society and a resilient community both women and men should work together.”
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
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.”
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 Major Cleo Bigwood: “Many of us are working tirelessly to make things better for you.”
Major Cleo Bigwood is the Force Gender and Child Protection Officer at the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). She participated at a UN Women training on ‘Mainstreaming gender in UN Peacekeeping to End Conflict Related Sexual Violence’, which took place in New Delhi in February 2018, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The course trained 41 military and police...