8 Mar 2010

Solomons' book celebrates achievement by women in the public service

4:08 pm on 8 March 2010

A book is being launched in Solomon Islands, marking International Women's Day, celebrating leadership and achievement amongst Solomon Islands women.

The book, "Being the First" tells the stories of 14 women who have risen to high positions within the public service.

The public service is the Solomons' single largest employer but only six percent of women who work in it hold senior management positions.

Auckland University of Technology's Professor Marilyn Waring, co-edited the book as part of work heading up the Women in Governance component of the Regional Assistance Mission.

She says it is the first book about Solomons' women, by Solomons' women.

"Because there's nothing here at all. There's nothing in any part of the social studies or history school curriculum on women at all. There's just no book ever been done on Solomon Islands women . And part of our terms of reference said things like finding a way to organise mentoring for, especially young graduates."

Professor Marilyn Waring