Women empowerment – surprise donation to Seif Ples

A Cheque of 15 thousand dollars was handed over to the Deputy Center Manager for Seif Ples, Mrs.Falu Maesugea by the staff of SITCO
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SEIF Ples is dedicated to women empowerment especially those who have survived gender-based violences and require help.

Seif Ples was established in 2014, under the Ministry of Police and Justice and the Ministry of Health and Medical services to provide comprehensive care for survivors of Gender based violence (GBV).

Women empowerment nowadays is seen as key to economic growth, political stability, and social transformation. World leaders, experts and scholars alike are giving their voice to this critical endeavor. 

Women empowerment in Solomon Islands continues to be a challenge which many are committing to overcoming in order to improve the welfare of women and the nation as a whole.

The services provided by Seif Ples to survivors of GBV include; medical attention, physiological first aid, accommodation and a SafeNet hotline free call 132.

Seif Ples works in parallel with the Cristian Care Center in east Guadalcanal to provide accommodation for the survivors.

Due to the need and demand for a shelter for the survivors of GBV in other main provinces, the Christian care center have opened a second center in the Malaita province early this year.

The care Centers have played a tremendous role not only in accommodating the survivors but in providing good counseling and spiritual and emotion healing to the them.

The safe net initiative is one of the unsung heroes that have provided safety and comfort to thousands of GBV survivors.

This network involves, the church, the police, medical, and a whole community of care giver volunteers.

 Organizations like Seif PLES depend a lot on the community, Government, and private sector for donations to fund their programmes.

They very recently got a surprise donation from a women group working for Solomon Island Tobacco Company (SITCo).

SITCO though its DEW Programme, which is an inhouse development program for women, donated 15k to the Seif Ples organization.

During the hand over, the woman representative of SITCO, stated that Seif Ples gives hope for the women who are victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse. “It is a safe haven for women who are in need of support and healing”. There are different forms of women empowerment and an approach adopted by Solomon Islands Tobacco Company (SITCO) is to empower women through women.

This is carried out under the umbrella, Discover & Expand your Wings (dubbed DEW) which is an initiative taken by SITCO women to participate in motivational discussions with some of Solomon Island’s most inspirational women including, Ethel Sigimanu, Ethel Francis, Dr Alice Pollard and many some local female inspirations as well as diplomatic women such as the NZ High Commissioner, Her Excellency; Georgina Roberts and the Australian Deputy High Commissioner, Sallyan Vincent.