BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
MALAITA provincial government, despite being a male dominated chamber, is supporting the push for women agenda in the province.
Malaita has one female provincial member, who is the provincial minister for women, Rose Liata. She is fighting for women’s rights.
Liata said at first it was challenging to be among a male dominated executive which sometimes she found it difficult to drive women agenda. But she says her colleague MPAs are supportive.
Liata said Malaita provincial government is now supportive of women’s issues and ensure activities are implemented according to Malaita provincial government policy and women’s policy.
“With the issues of women, if I bring to the executive level, they respected me and even supportive behind me as well and I see they are really supportive behind women to push for women agendas,” she said.
She said the Malaita executive has been behind her to bring up its women’s policy which resulted in the endorsement of Malaita Women’s Policy, launched early this year.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, UNDP and UN Women formed a women’s caucus network.
The network consists of women representatives from Malaita, Guadalcanal and Western provinces and is with the aim to share women’s common issues and discuss priority areas.
National Programme Coordinator, UN Women Audrey Manu said the women caucus network will help women in the three targeted provinces to connected and share common issues.
She adds such network is set up for women to share common issues and priorities for Malaita province, GP and Western province.