12 Mar 2007

Solomons' women welcome new ministry of women,youth and children

3:09 pm on 12 March 2007

The Solomon Islands women in leadership group has welcomed the government's decision to establish a new ministry of women, youth and children's affairs.

The prime minister's office says that since taking office the government has seen the need to address the problems of women and youth, as part of moves to address national development.

Women in leadership's Sarah Dyer says that the Solomons had a ministry for women in the past before it was incorporated into the home affairs ministry and effectively sidelined in recent years.

She's glad the government has now put efforts to promote the role of women in society firmly back on the agenda.

"Women of Solomon Islands, like any other Melanesian country, we still have a long way to go in getting our communities and our women ourselves, and men, to understand why we are really working to promote women's lives and I think this will really help to promote women."

Sarah Dyer of women in leadership.