Features Archive May 2020

There are deep social taboos surrounding periods that restrict freedom of women and girls in many Pacific cultures due to misinformation, lack of appropriate services, and stigma.

Collaborating for Menstrual Health Rights in the Pacific

Each day 300 million women and adolescent girls menstruate, and those women and girls have the right to access the products and services to manage their periods safely, hygienically and confidently.
Enough tests to cover tourists and staff involved need to be available, with the tests able to deliver results on site within a short time.

A Travel Pathway to Revive Pacific Tourism

The Pacific’s tourism sector is in dire trouble now and for the near future, affecting tourism-dependent economies like Fiji, Vanuatu, and Samoa in a big way. For Fiji, tourists generated just over half (52%) of total export revenue in 2018.
Evan was pleased to share his knowledge and skills to local journalists during a recent training organized by the Pacific Assistance Media Scheme (PACMAS).

Adjusting to the "New Normal" of Working at Home

“Last time I was doing an interview suddenly my neighbors started firing up their chainsaw, cutting timber in their backyard”, Evan chuckles as he shared his experience, working from home.
“The need to interact is much faster through these platforms. I think everyone is embracing the technology now”, Permanent Secretary, Collin Beck said.

Embracing Technology, Slowly But Surely

Solomon Islanders, particularly public officials, had been travelling to attend conferences or meetings throughout the globe every week.
The pandemic is a wake-up call to urban planners and municipal bureaucrats to integrate water sensitive urban design and water smart cities into their policies and practices, and this includes peri-urban informal settlements.

Water and COVID-19

The water sector has an important role to play in our immediate response to COVID-19 as well as in the recovery and rebuilding phases as the world readjusts to a range of legacy impacts from the pandemic.
As a response to the impacts of COVID-19 on DWU’s academic calendar, some lecturers are attempting to deliver units fully online by distance for the first time, in addition to the university’s existing blended learning programs.

Increasing Blended and Online Learning in PNG Universities: the DWU Experience

As the world adjusts to the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, commentaries are being written on the circumstances and responses of specific countries.
The regulations give the PM the power to make orders to restrict the movement of people, vessels and aircrafts, restrict assembly, suspend the media and declare a public place as emergency zone.

Constitutional Questions Over Solomon Islands’ Coronavirus Crackdown

Sweeping emergency powers must be used in a manner“reasonably justifiable”, not as an excuse to marginalise opponents.
Australia and New Zealand have made it clear that they are open to the idea, but only after they have formed their own trans-Tasman COVID-safe travel zone.

The Pacific Bubble Takes Shape

There is no doubting the importance of tourism and labour mobility to the Pacific. With few and falling COVID-19 cases, no wonder the idea of including the Pacific in the proposed Australia-New Zealand travel ‘bubble’ has gained prominence. In this article we take stock of how the bubble is forming.
She was an active campaigner on issues that she thought was important. This includes the fight against corruption - particularly the 2017 "Bring it Back" campaign that pushed for the Anti-corruption bill.

Coping with Mental Health Amidst COVID-19

Gone are the blissful nights of sleeping. Tossing and turning becomes the new sleeping pattern. As the rooster crows and the sun rises, a feeling of dread will wash over Rosie.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily reduced emissions and pollution on the ocean, this should not be moment of reprieve. Rather, recovery efforts have the potential to rebuild a new reality, embedded in sustainability and resilience. It is time to take transformative action for the ocean, together.

Healthy Oceans: Keeping Asia and the Pacific Afloat

Memories of idyllic beaches and sonorous waves may seem far away while we remain at home. Yet, we need not look far to appreciate the enduring history of the ocean in Asia and the Pacific. For generations, the region has thrived on our seas.
Since venturing into conservation, logging activities on Barana have stopped and villagers are now turning to eco-tourism activities to find ways to earn an income.

The Return of the Marsupial

Solomon Islands have the second highest terrestrial biodiversity in the Pacific.
Working together not only ensures best outcomes, but it also gives hope and encouragement to the electorate who witness their politicians leading by example.

Covid-19, Governance and the Role of the Opposition

The health and economic crises unleashed by the spread of the Covid-19 have required extraordinary measures by governments and political leaders to address the situation.
Olivia gathered her four children after dinner every evening and gave them tasks as they planned for their mini garden. All of the children have a task each. They started building small beds and a mini greenhouse, preparing for when the seedlings will be ready for collection.

Free Seedlings Brings Hope for a Small Family

Olivia George, a mother of four children, used to spend her days at the Honiara Central market, selling fresh fish from Central province. Together with her husband George Uliu, this has been their source of livelihood.
Graeme Risoni receives his certificate of completion from the UN SIAP Director, Ashish Kumar.

Enhancing Statistical Skills Through Opportunities

Some say countless opportunities may come at once in a life time, but small opportunities surround us every day. Don’t waste it. Grab it and make the most of it. Otherwise the sun will set on your time, then you’ll look back and say, such is an unrewarding life journey.
Oxfam and SIDT are partnering to distribute soap and containers of water to distant communities on Guadalcanal.

Katehana's Search for Shelter in Clash of Climate Change Effects and COVID-19

Our team arrived at the riverbank just below Katehana village. It took us about half an hour bumpy drive through a red muddy terrain.
“I now start using my savings to support myself each day. I will not be able to have money if the threat of coronavirus continues”, she said.

Redundant Workers Anxious as Money Runs Out

Dianne Kiko enjoyed waking up early, getting ready and going to work. It was a routine she loved, knowing she has a job. She used to work at the Heritage Park Hotel.
History proves that leaders who are truly transparent, accountable, and responsive to criticism better protect the safety and flourishing of the families and communities that they serve.

How Strong Democratic Values Help Defeat a Pandemic

If ever the world needed a reminder of the critical importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is it.