Tuesday, 15 November 2011 8:19 AM

More Opportunities Needed for Women

Women in the Solomon Islands need more opportunities to share their experiences of the country's ethnic tension a decade ago.

This was raised by the Director of the women's NGO Vois Blong Mere Solomon Islands, Josephine Teakeni.

Throughout its lifespan, the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission completed 11 hearings around the country investigating the causes of the civil unrest.

The Director of the women's NGO Vois Blong Mere Solomon Islands, Josephine Teakeni says although a booklet of womens' testimonies has been presented to the TRC, she believes many more deserve a voice.

"There are many stories that are unheard. And even if they are heard, what's going to be done about that? I think the stories that the women have come up with represented clearly what women had experienced generally. But there are individual stories that are unheard."

Josephine Teakeni says many women who lost loved ones or were sexually abused or displaced during the conflict are afraid to talk publicly about their experiences.