Posted by : Posted on : 01-Nov-2019

Minister announces Australian support for Pacific Girl

Quoting the Solomon Star newspaper – 1 November 2019

“Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, announced that Australia will support the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Solomon Islands to continue its important work empowering at-risk girls. Australia’s support will be funded through its Pacific Girl investment.

“Minister Payne made the announcement during a visit to the YWCA’s Honiara hostel on Wednesday.

“The Pacific Girl program works to encourage girls to develop expanded peer networks to help them feel less isolated, more confident, to learn from each other and to work together to take collective action to advance their interests. It also supports girls with practical training opportunities to gain alternative income generation skills and opportunities; and connects them to essential health and law and justice services.

“Minister Payne said adolescent girls in Solomon Islands face many of the same challenges as girls in Australia and other parts of the world.

“Through the Pacific Girl program, young Solomon Islands girls will be connected with mentors to help develop their skills and build their support networks” she said.”

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