Family Support Centre assists in reviewing Moli ward by-laws

Caption of FSC staff and Counsel Rodger Tovosia 3rd from left with the Moli Ward Chiefs and participants during the Moli Ward bylaw review.
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THE Family Support Centre (FSC) office recently conducted a workshop in Sukiki village, East Guadalcanal with the view of reviewing the Moli Ward by law.

The review of the by law was done 10 years since it was passed in 2010.

The review was supported through financial assistance from the Human Rights Social Development (HRSD) under the Pacific People Advancing Change (PPAC) annual projects.

The workshop was attended by the Moli Chiefs Council and respective tribal chiefs within Moli Ward. Three staff members from the Honiara FSC office together with a Senior Lawyer from the Rodger Tovusia Law Chamber, Rodgers Tovusia conducted the workshop.

The workshop was mainly to review the Moli Ordinance and include the Family Protection Act 2014 provisions on issues relating to Domestic Violence.

Hilda Mungale, FSC Senior Training and Communication Officer said the purpose of the workshop was to get feedback from the Moli chiefs council and tribal chiefs to enable the review of the Moli ward by law.

She said the feedback was helpful to assist in drafting and passing a more inclusive ‘Moli Chiefs Council Ordinance’ which recognizes, protects and empowers the rights of girls, women, children and people with disability.

By getting the feedback from the Moli Ward Chiefs Council and tribal chiefs the draft of the review will be produce and will be disseminated to the Chief Councils and the tribal chiefs of each communities in Moli Ward to look at first before amending the final draft.

Mrs Mungale said the review of the by law is one of the initiative of the FSC advocacy campaign to make sure women and girls and children are well protected, respected and valued in their respective communities.

Senior Lawyer from the Rodger Tovusia Law Chamber Rodger Tovusia who guided the team to facilitate the discussion on the review of the by law said awareness about the review should be conducted in each community in Moli ward after the review.

Mr Rodgers said the chiefs are part of the law-making process in the community. They formulate laws, make decisions and protects everyone according to the custom and culture of the people in Moli Ward.

“Chiefs are also the implementers to the Moli Chiefs Council Ordinance ensuring the rights of the girls, women and people with disability are recognised and protected”.

Source: Family Support Centre, Solomon Islands