BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
WOMEN from Nila Catholic Mission station, Shortland Islands in Western province will be hosting a four-day women’s conference and celebration of various different activities.
It’s a programme that will provide a space for women to learn and venture into educational awareness talks, learning the roles and functions of the Solomon Islands National Council of Women (SINCW), Family Protection Act, human rights, women in leadership and politics, gender equality, christian principles and the roles of women in the Church, good governance and national provident funds saving investment.
Women will also be introduced to different activities like ‘long life skills’ activities including arts and craft making, weaving, custom food preparations, cooking and agricultural activities.
There will also be sport activity competitions like sea festival canoe racing, diving competition, swimming competition and fishing competitions.
The event is the first of its kind and is organised through the initiation of the Famoa Council of Women and is hosted by the Nila Catholic women’s group and they hoped it will be an on-going annual.
It will gather 600 women of different denominations living in and around the Shortland Islands.
And will begin with a parade commencing 9.30am, followed by speeches in which Mr Casper Fa’asala General Secretary of the Solomon Islands National Council of Women (SINCW) as the Guest of honour will address the gathering with the keynote address and officially open the weeklong conference and programme of activities.
The weeklong event will commence tomorrow and is expected to close on Sunday July 1, 2018 with a holy Eucharistic celebration followed by closing speeches and feasting.