Features Archive September 2020

“What I want to say to the women now is to never give up. Keep going. A lot of women suffer from abuse in their homes. It should not be because in the eyes of God we are all equal. I want us women to be strong and to step out of our comfort zones. When I see women taking up leadership roles, I feel so happy”.

“Nothing is Impossible, Never Give Up:” An Outstanding Woman Shares Her Story

“Today I want to cry when I think of the different experiences I have come across in my life”, Rose Sese says.
For the 2019 election, there was significant disparity in the representation of women candidates among political parties. Only four of the 13 political parties endorsed more than the required 10 per cent of women candidates.

Attitudes Towards Women’s Political Participation in Solomon Islands

A total of 26 women stood as candidates at the 2019 Solomon Islands national general election and, for the first time since independence, two women won seats in the national parliament.
Like many other women leaders in Solomon Islands Rose has found her voice, she hopes she can inspire other young girls and women to find theirs.

I Always Had a Voice: Rose

Rose was destined for public office, as a young girl growing up, she was outgoing and witty. Rose was very opinionated, but now it is louder and more determined.
“Most economies in the Asia and Pacific region can expect a difficult growth path for the rest of 2020,” said ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada.

Developing Asia's Economic Growth to Contract in 2020

Economies across developing Asia will contract this year for the first time in nearly six decades but recovery will resume next year, as the region starts to emerge from the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today.
“We’ve made extraordinary progress, but COVID-19 now threatens to reverse the gains we have all worked so hard to achieve. We must not let that happen. We must unite to fight.”

Global Fund Partnership Has Saved 38 Million Lives – but COVID-19 Could Wipe Out Progress

A new report by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a call to action to urgently invest to protect decades of progress against HIV, TB and malaria that are being derailed as a knock-on effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Solomon Islands delegation headed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) Ethel Frances and officials from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources at the virtual meeting, ICTSU facility.

Solomon Islands Calls for Greater Global Action on Climate Change and Strengthening Resilience of Food Systems

Solomon Islands is calling on industrialized countries to take greater global action to reduce the impacts of climate change.
“We walked long distances to fetch water. Those were the challenges I grew up with, as a child living in the village”, Florence says.

Fetching Water Falls Disproportionately on Women and Children

At 15 years of age, Mary Jean says she is already tired of fetching water.
Heads of companies in the manufacturing sector, Government representatives and SICCI representatives who attended the roundtable meeting on Thursday 3 September at the Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara.

Companies Call for ‘Standards’ in Manufacturing Sector

Having standards in place for the local manufacturing sector is important not only because it ensures a level playing field for all companies but also it ensures that our people and markets are protected.
The old capital, Tulagi, in the 1930s, was a small but busy port for traders.

Reviving The Rich Heritage of Our Old Capital Tulagi

Only 42.7km of sea water separates Tulagi from Honiara. Despite the close proximity of both urban centers, little is known by Solomon Islanders of the town that was once the hub of this country.
Children, especially vulnerable, face increased risks of psychological distress, violence, neglect, and social exclusion during the lockdowns and in the new normal of social distancing.

COVID-19 and Violence Against Children

Lockdowns across the world have pushed people into the privacy of their homes, unintentionally closing the shutters on violence against children. Children and young people are facing unprecedented threats to their childhoods and futures as a result of COVID-19.
“From capital to develop and export goods like coffee, to training and support with digital platforms, Pacific businesses – especially female-led businesses – are in urgent need of tangible support,” added Caleb.

Impact on Female-led Pacific Businesses Deepens as COVID-19 Takes its Toll

Survey 5 of Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Pacific Business Monitor has revealed that the negative impacts of COVID-19 on female-led businesses are increasing, with happiness and optimism declining and 92 per cent reporting a fall in revenue.