Thursday, 20 March 2008 11:33 AM

RAMSI Celebrates Solomon Islands Women

The women of Solomon Islands have a crucial role in shaping the country's future RAMSI Special Coordinator, Tim George said today.

Speaking at a special women's breakfast hosted by RAMSI and other local sponsors to mark International Women's Day, Mr George said he wanted to congratulate the many women in Solomon Islands who were already playing a major role shaping this nation's future.

"I'd like to congratulate all of you here today who both in your personal and professional lives make such an enormous contribution to this nation," Mr George told the more than 150 women from all walks of life who attended the breakfast.

Every one can be a leader the keynote speaker, Commander Charmaine Quade said in her address.

One of Australia's most senior ranking police women, Ms Quade, who was recently appointed the national commander of the Australian Federal Police Protection Service, outlined the qualities of a good leader.

"Leadership is not about self-confidence, it is about having confidence in those you work with, and about how the leader builds that confidence."

"We all know our personal limitations and how far to push ourselves. Leaders need to know that about themselves and the people they lead."

Ms Quade said that success as a leader comes from something even rarer: "bringing in people who think differently to you and allowing them to challenge you."

"We should all feel pride that in the skilled hands of an inspirational, emotionally intelligent leader, who happens to be a woman, and is supported by a team of skilled people, we can in fact achieve changes."

One of the areas where this is most pressing is in the area of domestic violence Ms Quade said.

Speaking with Solomon Times some attendees expressed their gratitude to RAMSI for hosting such an event. The breakfast has given Solomon Islands women leaders and stakeholders an opportunity to expand their network with RAMSI to work towards integrating programmes and activities on Domestic Violence.

Domestic Violence continues to be a rising problem in the Solomon Islands leaving victims, especially women and children heavily traumatized.

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