Wednesday, 30 April 2008 6:27 PM

Workshop Discuss Women and Disability

A representative of the "Women with Disability Group" Mrs. Cyrene Aonima has just arrived from a one week workshop in Samoa on 'The Pacific Disability Forum'.

Solomon Times was informed that the workshop mainly focused on issues women face in the Pacific region, which included disability.

Mrs. Aonima said the conference discussed on barriers holding back women with disability and ways to tackle them.

She added that policies have been rectified to support people with disability "but they just leave it ... signed and let it sleep".

Strategic plans were made for the responsible ministry on the rights to help the disabled in the country, Mrs. Aonima said.

"The conventions are complied for those with disability to have direct benefits but nothing has been done and in the Solomon Islands, there is lack of equal opportunity," she told Solomon Times.

She said that the assignment now is to improve on some of what has been ratified, follow up on how they have gone and push for its activation.

Mrs. Aonima described this as a "wake up call" to the responsible Ministry to help women in the Solomons receive direct benefits, including those with disability.

The forum had put together an action plan that will be handed over to the Disability People International.

The annual meet was organised by various NGO's which attracted participants from the 11 countries in the region.