Milestone for Malaita as new women’s policy launched
Quoting the Solomon Star newspaper – 13 March 2018
“Malaita Women’s Empowerment and Development Policy (MWEP) was unveiled on International Women’s Day at an event held in the provincial capital, Auki with a call for gender justice, equality, integration, inclusiveness and shared responsibility for sustainable development in the country.
“Developed through a consultative process and coordinated by the Ministry of Women, Youths, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA) supported by UN Peacebuilding (UNPBF) project, and implemented by UNDP and UN Women, the MWEP provides a broad framework to guide and coordinate all efforts for addressing gender inequality and discrimination in Malaita.
“The new policy sets out priorities, builds coherence and facilitate resource mobilization in support of gender equality and equity” explained the Director of MWYCFA, Mrs. Pauline Soaki.
“Stressing that the goal of improving the status of women remains a government priority, the Director said that the government is committed to building a gender-just society by preventing and addressing any discrimination based on gender.
“The work towards development of provincial gender policies was a result from the National Women’s Summit for Peacebuilding and Women, Peace and Security in October 2016 where the resolutions to the issues women raised were specific to provincial women having their own blueprint to guide and resource the direction for which women’s empowerment is addressed.
“The Women’s National Summit was supported under UNPBF Phase-1. The MWYCFA has supported the dialogue towards the development of the provincial policies which will align with the National Gender Equality and Women’s Development Policy 2016-2020 and the WPS National Action Plan 2017-2021.
“This is the first ever Malaita’s Women Empowerment and Development Policy 2018-2022.”
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