A young Solomon Islands storyteller says she now has more confidence to continue her work with underprivileged youth after winning a Queen's Young Leaders Award.
Millicent Barty was recognised for her use of traditional storytelling to educate and empower young Solomon Islanders.
Ms Barty said she had to overcome barriers in the Solomon's patriarchal society that was often resistant to change
"And for me what this now means is that I now have more of a voice and definitely in terms of credibility to add value to my society and especially my convictions and the importance of transcending traditional culture into the modern day," she said
Millicent Barty recieved her award from the Queen during an all expenses paid week long trip to the UK.