Aulutalau women launch association

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A long-time dream has come true for women of A’ulutalau in ward 21 of Small Malaita – establishing a women’s organisation that will embrace them in cooperation to achieve benefits of their mutual interests.

The dream was unveiled on Wednesday this week after the launching of “A’ulu Women Association” held at Mata village in Small Malaita.

Secretary of ward 21 WDC, Mr Graham Tahu said the launching of the association is a milestone for the women as it marked a lengthy struggle they endured to establish the association.

He said the association was started way back in 1980s, but was not active until 2016 when the women came together to revive it, eventually registering it under the charitable act in 2019.

Tahu said the aim of the association is to ‘empower women socially, economically and to promote common aspiration by working towards it for their progress and sustainability of the association’.

He said this is by providing capacity enhancement for women in partnership with government agencies and NGOs on areas which will contribute to achieve the aim of the association and their families and communities.

Tahu said the expected outcome of cooperation under the association is to see social and economic progress amongst their families and communities.

He said a total of 150 women from member communities of the association namely; Apalolo, Malakao, Heraniohota, Waipina, Haukasia, Paleohau, and Otopaina attended the launching ceremony.