YWPG member shares experience at youth peacebuilding forum

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BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE

SHARING her experience to the young individuals present at yesterday’s 2nd round of Youth Peacebuilding Forum was former chairlady and active member of YWPG (Young Women’s Parliamentary Group).

Ms Grace Hilly shared a brief story of how YWPG successfully brought forward a petition concerning short bus routes to parliament.

She mentioned that they saw these bus routes as expense draining, making money whilst leaving people with less in their pockets by the time they get home and so they were prompted to do something about it.

Ms Hilly said that FSII (Forum Solomon Islands International) a Facebook page catering to discussions, issues and opinions of Solomon Islanders, was supportive and through this medium they were able to get the petition signed.

Lastly, she stated that they were able to get the petition through parliament and successfully, it was tabled.

Leaving the audience with some advice, Ms Hilly expressed that because we are not parliamentarians we cannot directly raise issues that concern us so we have to find other ways to do so.

Adding on, she said that one way to do that is to work together, discuss the issue and after getting the support needed, consult a member of parliament who will be your voice on the parliament floor.

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