Posts Tagged ‘Women’s rights’

27 women lining up for elections in Solomons Comments 0

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Solomon Islands National Council of Women says 27 aspiring women politicians are intending to contest the National Elections later this year. The Council’s Women in Leadership Officer, Casper Faasala, says all of the intending candidates have gone through leadership training and will receive mentoring in the build up to the elections. Solomon Islands is one Read more

Solomons: Domestic violence causing women to flee homes Comments 0

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Increasing domestic violence in Solomon Islands is being blamed for the rise in the number of women and children seeking shelter in a care-centre in Honiara. The Church of Melanesia’s Christian Care Centre’s director, Sister Doreen Awaiasi, says she is having to turn people away as the centre is at full capacity. Sister Doreen says Read more

Solomon Is Churches can help change attitude to women Comments 0

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

High Court judge, Justice Stephen Pallaras QC says that the Solomon Islands is a small country, “and a small country  be what they want it to be.” He said in order to mould the communities, everyone has to act and do something about respecting women and children. “You have to learn your rights what they Read more

Ex-prostitutes say decriminalisation has failed them Comments 0

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Former prostitutes and their advocates are calling for clients of sex workers to be prosecuted, saying the decriminalisation of the industry has failed them. Freedom from Sexual Exploitation director Elizabeth Subritzky told Parliament’s justice and electoral committee the only solution to the damage that prostitution caused, and the violence it created, was to prosecute buyers Read more

Muslim pressure building in Indonesia to cancel Miss World Comments 0

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Indonesia’s religious affairs minister has called for the Miss World beauty pageant to be cancelled, as opposition in the Muslim-majority country mounts the week before the contest opens in Bali. Suryadharma Ali said that the organisers should follow the advice of the nation’s top Islamic clerical body, which last week called for the contest to Read more

Fiji’s Elizabeth Krishna at Summer Peace building Institute Comments 0

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Elizabeth Krishna, 52, of Fiji,who works through the  Catholic Church to combat unemployment and crime and close the gap between rich and poor, was one of 16 women from five regions in the South Pacific who attended the 2013 Summer Peace building Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), May 6 -June 14. Krishna says, ” for me, it’s always Read more

Churches asked to help in reducing gender related violence Comments 0

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre is engaging churches to help spread its message. Approximately 30 pastors, priests, pundits and Imams have been invited to attend  a two-day awareness workshop in Nadi to help them better understand gender related violence. As a part of the workshop, the religious leaders will be expected to examine their own religious Read more

Afterbirth abortion – the killing of the new born – should be permitted Comments 2

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

A recently published article argues that since abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health, after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled because: 1. Both fetuses and newborns do Read more

Pacific likely to see population start dropping Comments 0

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Pacific women are likely to start having fewer and fewer children in future and this could lead to population decline in some areas.

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More young women join community radio network Comments 0

Friday, November 25th, 2011

10 new volunteers have been brought together in Suva, in conjunction with the Catholic Women’s League, to learn about community radio, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security) and other gender equality and women’s human rights commitments as they prepare to take to the airwaves alongside Generation Next members.

“As a young woman you can make a difference. My message for the 16 days of activism is for my community to be free from violence especially violence against women and girls,” says young mum Ana Rakacikaci. As a mother of 9 and 5 year olds, her priorities are food prices, preventing teenage pregnancies and drug and substance abuse.

“I know through this women’s mobile radio, awareness can be raised to help women, especially young women, to be informed. I am passionate about equality amongst women and girls. I would like them to be empowered through the medium where their voices can be heard.”

She is part of a group of ten young women claiming their role as Peacebuilders, communicators, radio producers and broadcasters as they undergo training at FemLINKPACIFIC’s community media centre in Suva in the lead up to the 16 days’ campaign to Eliminate Violence Against Women.

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