BY GEORGE MANFORD
THE Malaita provincial government with its stakeholders have launched the first-ever Malaita province women empowerment and development policy 2018-2022 in Auki yesterday.
The launching coincided with the International Women’s Day and convened hundreds of women who celebrated the day and witnessed the historical document, at the Hotel Malaita.
Guests at the launching were UN Women and Australian government representatives, director of Ministry of women, youth and children affairs, Malaita premier Peter Ramohia and the guest of honour and Malaita province minister for women, youth and sport Mrs Rose Liata.
In her keynote address, Mrs Liata said the policy focuses on the women and girls of Malaita province, not exclusively but most certainly in the villages where everyone believes it can make big changes.
“We also focus on engaging the private sector in a rather creative and innovative way, getting the private sector involves in the programs and initiative and policy outcomes in the development assistance.
“I think most importantly, we have put an unrelenting focus on gender equality, women’s empower in our rural societies. So today we are launching a Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and development Policy which is our primary focus.”
Liata said the policy is a roadmap to set out how to achieve objectives that are reflected in the G20 agenda, the sustainable development goals in the UN.
She said they all know that women Empowerment, educating women, addressing women health issue, women economic issue, addressing domestic violence are all fundamental to sustainable economic growth and end poverty and ensure peace and stability in Malaita province.
“I just want to assure you that this policy has support at the highest levels in the government and I am very proud, that we are able to launch the policy that brings it all together today and send a very powerful message around the country that will be part of the fight for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls,” Liata said.