The Solomon Islands Government has appointed its first female Secretary to Cabinet.
Ruth Liloqula will shortly be sworn in for the top public service post.
She has a bachelor degree in tropical agriculture from the University of Papua New Guinea and a masters in the Biotechnology of Crop Protection majoring in Nematology from a British University.
She has also studied in the US.
Ruth Liloqula was also the first Solomon Islander to hold the posts of Government Plant Pathologist and Director of Research in the Ministry of Agriculture.
She has held various government posts, including as the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Police, and National Security.
Ms Liloqula has encouraged all Solomon Islands women to work together to improve their status.