Empowering local voices in the Solomon Islands

Posted on October 31, 2017


Members of the Faumamanu Village Forum hold certificates and a banner with the project name.

Making her voice heard

Julie is a member of her local Village Advocacy Committee in Malaita Province, Solomon Islands. During a community planning meeting in her village, Julie noticed that men were the key decision-makers in all development projects. Women’s voices were rarely heard, simply because most lacked the confidence to speak up.

This year, she participated in our governance program, which is jointly managed by the Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT). As part of our Bridging the Gap project, Julie received training aimed at strengthening community members, especially women, in village action planning. The training helped Julie to build skills in saving money, making decisions for her community, and making her voice heard.

“The trainings I attended have really helped make a difference in our lives as we come to understand that both women and men should participate equally in decision makings and work together to achieve community development aspirations. It gave me the courage to speak up in public meetings,” Julie said.

Empowering others

Julie now teaches other women in her community similar skills to help them become changemakers in their communities. She also joined the management committee of the Faumamanu Savings Group, and now is able to educate the women of her community on how to save money for their family needs and become more self-reliant.

“The program has shown us the way forward and it is time for our communities to appreciate and respect our women to be part of all decision makings in order to achieve our identified priority areas; sanitation, water supply, animal control and schools to name a few,” Julie said.

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