Wednesday, 9 March 2011 7:51 AM

Australia Supports Solomon Islands Women

The Australian High Commissioner Frank Ingruber calls on both women and men to support the 100th International Women's Day celebrations in the Solomon Islands.

Mr Ingruber says International Women's Day is one day, each year, where people around the world come together to commemorate achievements of women and their vital role in development.

Mr Ingruber urged Australians living and working in the country to join their Solomon Islands brothers and sisters and celebrate ordinary women who have played an important role in their communities.

He says women in Solomon Islands have played an important role in peace, development and in strengthening families, communities and the country.

He says the experience across the world is that a stronger role for women in political, economic and social life means stronger nations.

Meanwhile the Australian High Commissioner also used the International Women's Day, to reaffirm Australia's commitment to support two key policies of the Solomon Island Government

They are Gender Equality and Women's Development, and Eliminating Violence Against Women.

Mr Ingruber says Australia will continue to work with relevant government ministries, NGOs and others to deliver services and advance Millennium Development Goals to improve the lives of women.